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Barry Unsworth

(1930-2012), Novelist

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Barry Unsworth is a novelist, best known for novels with historical themes. He has published fifteen novels, and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, winning in 1992 for his novel Sacred Hunger. Unsworth was born in Wingate, a mining village in Durham, England. He graduated from the University of Manchester in 1951, and lived in France for a year teaching English. He travelled extensively in Greece and Turkey during the 1960s, lecturing at the University of Athens and the University of Istanbul. In 1999 Unsworth was a visiting professor at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. In 2004 he taught literature and creative writing classes at Kenyon College in Ohio. He currently lives in Umbria, Italy.


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