Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958. He graduated from Oxford University with first-class honours in French and German, and took his doctorate at Vanderbilt University in 1986. He held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford. His first three books, including La Poésie de Baudelaire et la poésie française (Aubier, 1993), were written and published in French. His biography, BALZAC, was published in 1994, UNLOCKING MALLARME (Yale University Press) in 1996 (MLA Prize for Independent Scholars) and VICTOR HUGO in 1997 (Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and Whitbread Biography Prize 1997; shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Prize l998). RIMBAUD, published in 2000, won Enid McLeod Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-fiction (2001). All three biographies, published by Picador and Norton, were New York Times `Best Books of the Year’. STRANGERS: HOMOSEXUAL LOVE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (National Book Critics Circle shortlist) appeared in 2003.
THE DISCOVERY OF FRANCE, based in part on fourteen thousand miles’ cycling in France, was published by Picador and Norton in Autumn 2007. It has won the Duff Cooper Prize and the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.
He reviews for the TLS, the London Review of Books, The Daily Telegraph and The New York Review of Books. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Oxford with his wife, Margaret.
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