Benjamin Markovits on Byron
Monday September 19, 2011
The final book in a trilogy on Lord Byron, Benjamin Markovits' new novel, Childish Loves, is a story within a story. Ben (the main character) recieves unpublished manuscripts about Lord Byron from an old colleague. The third manuscript, "Childish Loves," is an ambitious recreation of Byron's memoirs, included in the actual book Childish Loves, which is also a meditation on writing and the blurry distinction between art and life.
This event was presented in partnership with the Byron Society of America.
Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. Since then he has taught high-school English, edited a left-wing cultural magazine, and written essays, stories and reviews for, among other publications, the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the Paris Review. His novels include The Syme Papers, Either Side of Winter, Imposture, and A Quiet Adjustment. Markovits has lived in London since 2000 and is married with a daughter and a son. He teaches creative writing at the Royal Holloway, University of London.