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Meet our Authors: Frederic Will – February 2017

Frederic Will is a retired Professor of Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, United States, and is currently Director of Research at the online Humanities University. He has published fifty-six books in subjects as diverse as cultural history, philosophy, poetry, translation, fiction, and travel narrative, and is currently completing a new sequence of six interrelated volumes for Cambridge Scholars on the character of everyday existence.

Frederic has received a half dozen Fulbright Grants from the United States Government and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has also received multi-year support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his journal of world poetry in translation, Micromegas. He was a founding editor, with William Arrowsmith, Donald Carne-Ross, and John Sullivan, of the ground-breaking Journal of Classical Culture, Arion.

His poetry has received praise in the United Kingdom, where the Times Literary Supplement has written of his poetic work as “accomplished and insightful” and of his criticism as “brilliant”.  His lifetime literary papers are collected in the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, United States.


As a returning author with Cambridge Scholars, Frederic explains his reasons for publishing a number of titles with us:

Upon retirement, I had written over fifty books, of criticism, fiction, labour, sociology, poetry and cultural history, but after a friend drew my attention to Cambridge Scholars I have discovered in them a publishing pathway uniquely congenial to – as I feel I now have to class myself – a later-in-life professional writer. Since 2011, I have published six books with Cambridge Scholars, which feel to me like essential statements of what I think and understand. These are all books about feeling, self-identity, the relation of life to writing about life, the temporal elements of the everyday, and life’s endgames and how to formulate them. These are themes I have waited to know how to name, and in naming them I have been hugely boosted by the courtesy, responsiveness, and professionalism of Cambridge Scholars. As I survey Cambridge Scholars’ list of titles, I have to think that I am a lucky member of a far flung community of writer-thinkers, whose diversity is driving a new dimension right through the heart of what we tiresomely call scholarship. The world as consciousness is enlarged by publishing efforts of the calibre of Cambridge Scholars.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus: Replaced by Writing as well as a 20% discount on all other titles in Frederic’s series Inside Selfhood And History. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2017.


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