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Professor Zachary Leader

Professor Zachary Leader

Professor (English Literature)

Department of English and Creative Writing


Zachary Leader’s major research interests are the English Romantic Period, post-war British writing, contemporary American fiction and theories of writing, editing and revision. He is happy to supervise postgraduate work (MA/PhD) in any of these fields.

His current research project is a biography of Saul Bellow. In addition to producing scholarly publications, he has reviewed widely, in the TLS, LRB, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday and the New York Times Book Review.

Zachary Leader is an American citizen but has lived in Britain for over thirty years. He was educated at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Harvard University. Before coming to Roehampton he taught at Harvard and at Trinity, Trinity Hall and Downing Colleges, Cambridge. He has also taught at Caltech and at the Universite Rennes 2, Haute Bretagne, and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His undergraduate teaching has mostly been in the Romantic period but he has also taught courses on Tragedy, Classical Greek Literature in Translation, Flaubert and Kafka, Shakespeare and Victorian and eighteenth-century writing.



(2009) The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and Their Contemporaries (edited), Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 320pp.

(2006) The Life of Kingsley Amis, London: Jonathan Cape (2006); New York: Pantheon (2007), 996pp.

(2003) Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Major Works, co-edited by Z. Leader and M. O'Neil, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 845pp.

(2002) On Modern British Fiction, edited by Z. Leader, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 319pp.

(2001) The Letters of Kingsley Amis, edited by Z. Leader, London: HarperCollins, 2000; New York: Talk/Miramax, 1208pp.

(1999) Romantic Period Writings 1798-1832: An Anthology, co-edited with Ian Haywood (London and Boston: Routledge, pbk), 254pp.

Leader, Z. (1996) Revision and Romantic Authorship, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996; pbk, 1999), 354pp.

Leader, Z. (1991)Writer's Block, (London and Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press), 320pp.

Leader, Z. (1981)Reading Blake's Songs, (London and Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul), 259pp.

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