Fame and Fortune
Born in Chicago, Frederic Raphael moved to England as a boy and his father advised him to grow up to be 'an English gentleman' rather than 'an American Jew'. His first glittering prize was winning a scholarship to Cambridge, followed by an Oscar and general recognition for his witty scripts for television and the silver screen. Writing was always his way to right the wrongs he had suffered. He is loved for his fast paced novels and sparkling humour. He spoke to Bryan Cheyette about questions of identity, the bravery of publishing his diaries, translating fromancient Greek, writing stories to be read or turned into films and the hoped-for sequel to Fame and Fortune.
Tom Conti is an accomplished film and television actor as well as a writer. He played the leading role in The Glittering Prizes.
Frederic Raphael is the author of 19 novels, several essay and story collections, including The Necessity of Anti-Semitism, numerous screenplays, biographies of Byron and Maugham, and three volumes of translations of classical poetry and drama. The most renowned of his 20 novels,The Glittering Prizes, is about undergraduate life at Cambridge. Made into a television series, it won him the Royal Television award for Writer of the Year and his screenplay of Darling – the 1965 film – won him an Oscar. His published diaries are a fascinating window on his creative life and the many artists, writers and actors he's encountered.
Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature at the University of Reading. He is the editor or author of nine books and is completing Diasporas of the Mind: Literature and 'Race' after the Holocaust. He is also the co-editor of volume VII of the Oxford History of the Novel in English on the British and Irish novel, 1940-present, and reviews contemporary fiction for the TLS, The Independent and Tthe Guardian.