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June 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Creditors & the Beauty Trap

Anna Sherman


University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ United Kingdom

Creditors & the Beauty Trap: Writing Crossover Histories for a General Readership
Anna Sherman

Saturday 17 June, 2.00-3.45pm
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ

Tickets: Free
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Lecture outline

How can an author turn a doctoral dissertation into a book that will engage a general readership? What can the academic historian steal from mass-market writers? In the era of TikTok, social media, and now ChatGPT, what can a human author do that artificial intelligence can’t? And what makes a history book great, anyway? Anna Sherman will consider these and other questions related to writing and reading histories in the 21st-century. She will then focus on the Beauty Trap: when descriptions of what Peter Laslett once called the ‘worlds we have lost’ slip from analysis into elegy.

Speaker biography

After studying classics at Wellesley and Oxford, and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics, Anna Sherman worked as an editor for Financial Times Energy and as an (occasional) ghost writer. In 2019 Picador published her first book, The Bells of Old Tokyo. Her work has also appeared in The Paris Review, Salon, LitHub, The Literary Review, and at T, the New York Times Travel magazine.



University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ United Kingdom
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