1948 - 2009
Dr David Nokes taught English Literature at King's College, London, specialising in the eighteenth century. His biography of Jonathan Swift, A Hypocrite Reversed (Oxford University Press 1985) won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Nokes was also the author of John Gay: A Profession of Friendship
(Oxford University Press 1995) and his biography, Jane Austen
(Fourth Estate 1997), was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.
His first novel, The Nightingale Papers
, was published by Hesperus in 2005. David also wrote for television, both original screenplays and highly praised adaptations including Richardson's Clarissa
and Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
. He also contributed reviews to the TLS
, the Spectator
and Sunday broadsheets.
Nokes' last published work was the highly acclaimed biography of Dr Johnson, Samuel Johnson: A Life
, published for Johnson's tercentenary in 2009 by Faber & Faber and Henry Holt & Co.