A portrait of “cult writer” John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester by Jacob Huysmans

The Critic Books Podcast: Cult writers

How does a writer become a figure of cultish renown?

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In this episode, Francesca Peacock is in conversation with Alexander Larman about his piece in the April issue of the magazine: “How to be a cult writer”. What makes a writer “cult”? Is Iris Murdoch a cult writer? Is Ian McEwan? What is the difference between a cult figure and a coterie figure? All these questions are discussed, alongside Byron, Rochester, Virginia Woolf, and Nancy Mitford.

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