Frederic Raphael is the author of 20 novels and several essay and story collections. His best-known novel, The Glittering Prizes, was made into a television series which won him the Royal Television Society Award for Writer of the Year. He also received an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1965 film Darling. His latest book A Thousand Kisses started life as a BBC Radio Three feature in 2010 and starring Geoffrey Palmer as the narrator, with Dan Stevens as Catullus.
Yet the origins of the book go much further back – right to Frederic’s schooldays when he first conceived the idea of a novel of the poet’s life.
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 C...
In his powerful new polemic, Anti-Semitism, renowned novelist and screenwriter Frederic Raphael considers why intense hostility has been directed so relentlessly towards Jews for more than two millennia. Frederic Raphael is joined by David Pryce-Jones in a penetrating analysis of this crucial perennial question.
Frederic Raphael talks with Baroness Joan Bakewell about his memoir, Going Up, a dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing that is fabulously indiscreet but also deeply moving, laced throughout with wit and erudition. Raphael describes experiences that were later absorbed in his memorable novels and screenplays. He also discusses his latest novel, Private Views.
Josephus and other Jews: Piety and Schism, Faith and Intelligence in Jewish History and Culture
Titus Flavius Josephus (born as Joseph ben Mattathias) was a Jewish general turned Roman historian and the author of The Jewish War, an account of the Jewish revolt against Rome and one of the greatest war narratives ever written. A diaspora writer, he wrote in Greek for an audience of both Jews and non-Jews. Martin Goodman and Frederic Raphael discuss the role of Josephus as a paradigm in interpreting Jewish culture.
The George Webber Memorial Event
David Pryce-Jones & Frederic Raphael
Two wonderful writers team up to take us through a lifetime of literary encounters. In Signatures novelist and commentator David Pryce-Jones offers a window into the extraordinary authors he has met over the last eight decades; from visiting Isaiah Berlin as a child and being sought out as a student by Auden, to getting to know Muriel Spark, V.S. Naipaul, Arthur Koestler, Saul Bellow and many more. He will be in conversation with author and Oscar-winn...