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McGuinness, Patrick


Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia in 1968 of Belgian and Irish parents; brought up in Iran, Venezuela, France, Belgium and Romania he is now Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford. He has written on a range of subjects, from French decadence to contemporary American poetry, and has written and presented radio programmes, notably two Radio 3 Sunday Features, ‘The Art of Idleness’ and ‘A Short History of Stupidity’.  McGuinness edited the Penguin Classics edition of Against Nature in 2004, and has published 2 books of poems. His novel, The Last Hundred Days (2011) was longlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2011. 

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