Graham Swift

Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University); Revised By: Anastasia Logotheti (Deree-The American College of Greece)
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Graham Swift was born in South East London in May 1949. He was educated at Dulwich College (as were C. S. Forrester, P. G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler) and at Cambridge University where he read English and became acquainted with the Fens, the setting for his novel,


. After leaving Cambridge, Swift spent three years at the University of York researching a PhD thesis on “The City in Nineteenth Century English Literature”. However, he had wished to be a writer since adolescence and so abandoned his academic career in order to pursue this ambition. After one year of teaching English in Greece, he returned to London and taught O and A level English at Colleges of Further Education in order to finance his writing. He now lives in South West London with his partner, Candice Rodd.…

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Citation: Wheeler, Wendy, Anastasia Logotheti. "Graham Swift". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2001; last revised 07 September 2016. [, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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