Born in Oxford in 1976, Robert Macfarlane is British literary critic and professor. After studying I Oxford and Cambridge, he taught at Beijing University. He began his PhD at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 2000, and in 2001 was elected a Fellow of the College where he has held seminars on Anglo-American fiction from 1945 to date, on novel history and postmodernism in literature. In his university studying he specialized on George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. With his debut essay Come le montagne conquistarono gli uomini, he won the Guardian First Book Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His works focus on the relationship between nature and literature, landscape evocative power and the origin of fiction, especially in Victorian times. This is the reason why Macfarlene is regarded as one of the best successors of naturalist writers John Muir, Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas and of contemporary essayists such as John McPhee, Barry Lopez and Roger Deakin. He writes articles for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Observer and many others.
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