Professor Sarah Churchwell,
Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities, University of East Anglia

Sarah Churchwell has a BA in English literature from Vassar College, and an MA and PhD in English and American Literature from Princeton University. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and has published articles on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, the letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Janis Joplin and biography. Current and forthcoming projects include co-editing a volume on the history of the American bestseller, and editing several new collections for Penguin Modern Classics, including the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and a new collection of Katherine Anne Porter's writing. She has been a judge of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and this year's Guardian First Book Award and Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arab Literature. She writes about culture for a range of magazines and newspapers, and frequently appears on television and radio, including as a regular panellist on The Review Show (BBC2). Her new book, Careless People, about F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1922 and the real events that inspired The Great Gatsby, will be published by Virago (UK) and Penguin Press (US) in early 2013.

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