Dr Frances Wilson

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Position Lecturer
Email F.Wilson (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson is a biographer and critic. Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (Bloomsbury) was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction 2016 and short-listed for the National Book Critics Circles Award, the LA Times Book Awards, and the BIO Plutarch Prize. It was named Book of the Year in The Guardian, TLS, Spectator, and Telegraph, and cited by Booklist as one of the ten best-reviewed books in America during 2016. How to Survive the Titanic: Or, the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay (Bloomsbury, 2011) won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth (Faber, 2008) won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Award. Her other books include The Courtesan’s Revenge: Harriette Wilson, the Woman Who Blackmailed the King (Book of the Week, Radio 4) and Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers. She is currently writing a life of  D H Lawrence.



Wilson, Frances. 2016. Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408839768

Wilson, Frances. 2011. How To Survive the Titanic or, The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408809228

Book Section

Wilson, Frances. 2019. Introduction: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. In: Thomas De Quincey, ed. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. London: Macmillan Collector's Library. ISBN 9781509899791

Wilson, Frances. 2015. Wordsworth's Sweating Pages: The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth. In: Jonathan Ellis, ed. Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 81-94. ISBN 9780748681327

Wilson, Frances. 2014. Romantic Autobiography. In: Maria DiBattista and Emily O. Wittman, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 71-86. ISBN 9781139235686