Jonathan Wilson Professor and Chair, English; Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate
BACKGROUND: Born in London, England; educated at the University
of Essex, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem; with a dissertation on the novels of Saul Bellow; Guggenheim
fellowship in fiction; at Tufts since 1982.
PUBLISHED WORK: Seven books, including two novels, two collections
of stories, two critical works and a biography of Chagall.
ABOUT WRITING: "Writing is a lifetime of unfolding your
imagination. It remains a mysterious activity."
WHY TUFTS: "Teaching at Tufts is an undiminished pleasure.
It's a pleasant atmosphere for teaching, an intimate atmosphere. I keep up
with many of my former students; I get e-mails from some students I taught
22 years ago."
AFTER-HOURS: "I'm a soccer fanatic. [Wilson covered the 1994
world cup for The New Yorker.] I also love watching TV with my sons. I used
to play poker but gave that up.