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"Television should be kept in its proper place - beside us, before us, but never between us and the larger life." -- Robert Fraser
Professor Robert Fraser FRSL, author and biographer, was born on 10 May 1947 in Surbiton, Surrey, the second son of Harry MacKenzie Fraser, a London solicitor, and Ada Alice Gittins of Pontypool in the county of Montmouthshire. His brother is Malcolm Fraser, Emeritus Professor of Opera at the University of Cincinnati and co-founder of the Buxton Festival. At eight he won a choral scholarship to Winchester Cathedral where he sang the daily services whilst studying at the Pilgrims School in the Close. Among his fellow choristers were the future newscaster Jon Snow and international tenor Julian Pike. After attending Kingston Grammar School he went on to the University of Sussex to read English with David Daiches and Anthony Nuttall. He later wrote a doctorate on tradition in English poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London while simultaneously studying Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition at Morley College with Melanie Daiken and James Iliff. He began his teaching career at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana where he lectured from 1970 to 1974 before moving to the University of Leeds to teach under Geoffrey Hill. He subsequently held posts in the University of London and at Trinity College, Cambridge where he was Director of Studies in English until 1993, tutoring among others the novelist Belinda Starling and the actor Alexander Armstrong. He is currently Professor of English at the Open University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

His choral background can be detected in his work for the stage, such as the performing translation of Domenico Cimarosa’s opera Il pittor parigino performed at Buxton in 1989. He has also published articles on the cultural and political contexts of the music of Purcell and Handel. He is the author of several biographical works for the theatre, including plays on the lives of the composer Carlo Gesualdo and of Byron. God’s Good Englishman, his dramatic portrait of Samuel Johnson, opened at the Oxford Playhouse in 1984 and toured Britain with the actor Timothy West in its title role.

Academically he is a specialist in the writing of his near namesake, the classicist and cultural anthropologist James George Frazer, on whom he has published several books, and the genesis of whose best known work on magic, religion and myth he charted in The Making of The Golden Bough: The Origins and Growth of An Argument. A study in intellectual gestation, it was later integrated into the full “archive” edition of Frazer’s magnum opus as a special introductory volume. In 1994 he edited for the Oxford World’s Classics a “new abridgement” of Frazer’s classic that brought some of its most provocative ideas back into general circulation, including theories on Christianity and sacred prostitution. At the same time, he is a respected critic of the work of Marcel Proust, on whom he has published a much-cited study, and spoken on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time.

In the wider literary world Fraser is principally associated with the life and work of certain twentieth-century British poets. In the early 1980’s he conducted a dispute with Laura Riding, former consort of Robert Graves, who took issue with his review of her Collected Poems. In 1987 he edited the Collected Poems, and in 1995 the Selected Poems, of T.S. Eliot’s protégé George Barker. His life of Barker, The Chameleon Poet, aroused opposition among some members of the poet’s own family. But on its appearance in late 2001 it was warmly reviewed by the poets laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion, and by the writers Anthony Thwaite, Vernon Scannell, Humphrey Carpenter and Frederic Raphael; it was chosen by the novelist D. J. Taylor as Spectator Book of the Year for 2002. Fraser is currently writing for the Oxford University Press a life of Barker’s life-long friend David Gascoyne (1916—2001): poet, proponent of English Surrealism, Christian Existentialist and mystic.

Fraser was one of the guiding spirits behind Heinemann Educational Book’s celebrated African Writers Series, and is a founding editor of the twenty-five year old journal Wasafiri. He has published a “critical history” of West African poetry, along with monographs on Ben Okri- a personal friend - and the Ghanaian novelist Ayi Kwei Armah. During 2004-7 he travelled in India and Africa researching a comparative account of publishing in those regions which appeared in 2008 as Book History Through Postcolonial Eyes: Re-Writing the Script. Over the same period he co-edited with his friend Dr Mary Hammond of Southampton University a two-volume survey of international publishing entitled Books Without Borders. In October 2005, in connection with this work, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society

He has been described as a writer “who tries to keep one foot planted in, and the other well outside, academe”. Yale’s Harold Bloom has noted his powers of comparative analysis, and Harvard’s Biodun Jeyfo has commended the “superb work” of “this meticulous scholar-critic”. The classicist Roger Just has also drawn attention to his “care, precision, good sense andadmirable lightness of touch.”. But his writing has also given rise to vocal dissent, adopting as he does a line that seems now radical, now trenchantly traditionalist. His “refusal” in the words of John Macleod “to work with” standard models of theory has on occasions given rise to sharply worded rejoinders. He has little time for critical fashion and in 1999 coined the mocking term “Theocolonialism” to describe the subordination of independent judgement to passing fad, and the purported tendency among some academics in the field of literary studies to leap aboard noisy bandwagons.

He is married to the law lecturer Catherine Birkett. Their son Benjo is a student of theoretical physics.
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Total Books: 51
Big Loads Vol 3 The Class Comics Stash
2016 - Big Loads Vol 3 the Class Comics Stash (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783959850216
ISBN-10: 3959850212
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Gay & Lesbian
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Night Thoughts The Surreal Life of the Poet David Gascoyne
The Nurse's Social Media Advantage
2011 - The Nurse's Social Media Advantage (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781935476016
ISBN-10: 1935476017
Genre: Medical Books
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The Fire Opal
2010 - The Fire Opal [1911] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120879875
ISBN-10: 1120879876
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Poetical Remains of the Late Robert Fraser With a Memoir of the Author
2010 - Poetical Remains of the Late Robert Fraser with a Memoir of the Author (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152688124
ISBN-10: 115268812X
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Poetical Remains of Robert Fraser With a Memoir of the Author by D Vedder
2009 - Poetical Remains of Robert Fraser with a Memoir of the Author By D Vedder (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151093561
ISBN-10: 1151093564
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A Letter to the Rt Hon Charles Abbot Speaker of the House of Commons
2009 - A Letter to the Rt Hon Charles Abbot Speaker of the House of Commons (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151640710
ISBN-10: 1151640719
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General View of the Agriculture and Mineralogy Present State and Circumstances of the County Wicklow With Observations on the Means of Their
Statistical Survey of the County of Wexford
2009 - Statistical Survey of the County of Wexford (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151404688
ISBN-10: 1151404683
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General View of the Agriculture and Mineralogy Present State and Circumstances of the County Wicklow
General View of the County of Devon With Observations on the Means of Its Improvement
2009 - General VIew of the County of Devon with Observations on the Means of Its Improvement [board of Agric.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217291774
ISBN-10: 0217291775
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Three Men and a Maid
2009 - Three Men and a Maid (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781117384290
ISBN-10: 1117384292
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Gleanings In Ireland Particularly Respecting Its Agriculture Mines And Fisheries
Gleanings in Ireland
2009 - Gleanings in Ireland (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780217257794
ISBN-10: 0217257798
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A Review of the Domestic Fisheries of Great Britain and Ireland
2009 - A Review of the Domestic Fisheries of Great Britain and Ireland (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781459053793
ISBN-10: 1459053796
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Poetical Remains Of Robert Fraser With A Memoir Of The Author
2008 - Poetical Remains of Robert Fraser with a Memoir of the Author [1839] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781437219180
ISBN-10: 1437219187
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Book History Through Postcolonial Eyes Rewriting the Script
2008 - Book History Through Postcolonial Eyes Rewriting the Script (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780415402934
ISBN-10: 041540293X
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Poems for the Short-Term Memory
2006 - Poems for the Short-term Memory (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781887560788
ISBN-10: 1887560785
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Ben Okri
2004 - Ben Okri [Writers and Their Works Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780746309933
ISBN-10: 0746309937
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Chameleon Poet A Life of George Barker
2002 - The Chameleon Poet a Life of George Barker (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780712691710
ISBN-10: 0712691715
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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1981 - Edward Brathwaite's Masks [Nexus Books] (Paperback)
1980 - Novels of Ayi Kwei Armah [Studies in African literature] (Paperback)
The World Financial System [Keesing's Reference Publication] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Acts Prayer Journal [50 Templates to Deepen your Prayer Life] (Other)