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Inventory of a Life Mislaid



Inventory of a Life Mislaid

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Marina Warner in conversation with Stella Tillyard, Sally Bayley and Charles Burdett.
Chaired by Katia Pizzi   

Inventory of a Life Mislaid (Harper Collins) follows Marina Warner's beautiful, penniless young mother Ilia as she leaves southern Italy in 1945 to travel alone to London. Her husband, an English colonel, is still away in the war in the East as she begins to learn how to be Mrs Esmond Warner, an Englishwoman. With diamond rings on her fingers and brogues on her feet, Ilia steps fearlessly into the world of cricket and riding. But, without prospect of work in a bleak, war-ravaged England, Esmond remembers the glorious ease of Cairo during his periods of leave from the desert campaign. There, they start a bookshop, a branch of W. H. Smith's. But growing resistance to foreign interests, especially British, erupts in the 1952 uprising, and the Cairo Fire burns the city clean. Evocative and imaginative, at once historical and speculative, this memoir powerfully resurrects the fraught union and unrequited hopes of Warner's parents. Memory intertwines richly with myth, the river Lethe feeling as real as the Nile. Vivid recollections of Cairo swirl with ever-present dreams of a city where Warner's parents, friends and associates are still restlessly wandering.

Dame Marina Warner, DBE, FRSL, FBA, is a novelist, art critic, historian and short story writer. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. She has written for many publications including The London Review of Books, the New Statesman, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and Vogue. She has been a visiting professor, given lectures and taught on the faculties of many universities. Among her many awards, the Fawcett Society Book Prize, the Booker Prize (shortlist), the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Pen/MacMillan Silver Per Award, the Truman Capote Award and many more. She was made a CBE in 2008 and DBE in 2015 for services to higher education and literary scholarship. She holds numerous Fellowships and honorary Degrees. In 2017 she was elected first female President of the Royal Society of Literature.

Stella Tillyard FRSL is an English author and historian. She has taught at Harvard, The University of California, Los Angeles; Birkbeck, London; the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, London. She is a Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has been awarded the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger , the Longman/History Today Prize and the Fawcett Prize.

Dr Sally Bayley is a tutor in English at Balliol and St Hugh's Colleges, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford University English Faculty. Among her works, Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual, the first study of Plath's art work in relation to her body of poetry and prose, alongside the publication of which she commissioned a play exploring the representation of Plath's biography. She has written extensively about Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson, and acted as a consultant for the short animated film Letter to the World, an original interpretative response to themes in Emily Dickinson's life and works.

Professor Charles Burdett is the Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has taught at the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol and Durham. His principal area of research include literary culture under fascism, travel writing, the Italian colonial presence in Lybia and East Africa and its legacy, and the representation of Islam and the Islamic world in recent Italian literature and culture. A large part of his research ahs recently been defined by his role as principal investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council beacon project, Transnationalising Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures

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Data: Mer 30 Giu 2021

Orario: Alle 18:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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