Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Professor in American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she directs the UK’s national festival of the humanities, the Being Human Festival.  She is the author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby, and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, which in 2022 inspired a four-part CNN documentary narrated by Jessica Chastain. Her latest book is The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Myths of Modern America. forthcoming July 2022. She comments widely on arts, culture, and politics in print, television, radio, and film, and has judged many literary prizes, including the Man Booker Prize. She has been co-winner of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award, named by Prospect magazine one of the world’s Top Fifty Thinkers, and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2021.

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