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Karl Miller (Karl Fergus Connor Miller) Biography

(1931– ), (Karl Fergus Connor Miller), New Statesman, Listener, London Review of Books, Cockburn's Millenium

British critic and editor, born in Edinburgh, educated at Downing College, Cambridge. He became literary editor of the New Statesman in 1961 and edited the Listener from 1967 to 1973. In 1979 he founded the London Review of Books, which he edited until 1992. From 1974 to 1992 he was Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He won a James Tait Black Award for Cockburn's Millenium (1975), the first major study of the Scottish judge and memoirist Lord Henry Cockburn (17791854), whose vividly informative Memorials of His Time (1974) Miller edited. His principal publications as a critic are Doubles (1985), an investigation of the literary theme of the Doppelgänger, and a wideranging collection of essays entitled Authors (1989). The various books he has edited include Memoirs of a Modern Scotland (1970), a collection of essays, and two anthologies of writing from the Listener (1970 and 1973). Rebecca's Vest (1993) is an autobiography.

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