Professor McGuinness is made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

Front cover of The Last 100 DaysPatrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford has been made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in recognition of his creative writing. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, established in 1957, rewards “artists who have significantly contributed to the development of art and literature in France and in the rest of the world.”

Professor McGuinness has written two books of poems — The Canals of Mars (2004) and Jilted City (2010), both published by Carcanet – which have been translated into several languages and have appeared, translated by Gilles Ortlieb, in French poetry journals, notably Théodore Balmoral. His edition of Charles Dantzig’s Collected Poems was published by Grasset last year.

His novel — The Last Hundred Days  — about the downfall of the Ceausescu regime in Romania is due for publication later this month, and he is working on a book on Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siècle France.


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