John Carey

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, as well as The Intellectuals and the Masses. He is the editor of Faber anthologies of Reportage, Utopias and Science. His recent book, What Good are the Arts? was praised by Blake Morrison as 'incisive and inspirational.'


Books by John Carey

The Essential Paradise Lost

Published: July 2019

A seminal contribution to literary criticism from one of the UK's greatest living academics.

The Inheritors

Published: August 2015

A startling recreation of the lost world of the neanderthals, and a frightening vision of the beginnings of a new age.

The Unexpected Professor

Published: March 2015

John Carey's hugely acclaimed memoir, in which he reflects on a life immersed in literature.

William Golding

Published: November 2010

The first authorised biography of one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century - now in paperback.

William Golding

Published: August 2009

The first authorised biography of one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century.

What Good are the Arts?

Published: September 2006

From one of Britain's most eminent reviewers and academics, a delightfully sceptical and devastatingly intelligent assessment of the true value of the arts.

The Faber Book of Utopias

Published: March 2006

The Faber Book of Reportage

Published: July 2005

'A quite stunning collection. There are descriptions in this book so fresh that they sear themselves into the imagination.' - Jeremy Paxman

The Intellectuals and the Masses

Published: July 2005

The Faber Book of Science

Published: July 2005

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