Books by Peter Conrad

MYTHOMANIA by Peter Conrad
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"If you're a fan of Barthes and of the Umberto Eco of How to Travel with a Salmon, you'll likely enjoy this modest, minor, but entertaining rejoinder."
A deft updating of Parisian semiotics and midcentury cultural criticism for our own time. Read full book review >
THE HITCHCOCK MURDERS by Peter Conrad
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Even if the argument sometimes seems like an endless series of digressions, however, it never makes less than an entertaining and illuminating case for the unity of Hitchcock's half-century of films. (20 b&w photos)"
A wide-ranging, though eccentric, tour of Alfred Hitchcock's agreeably scary cinema. Read full book review >
MODERN TIMES, MODERN PLACES by Peter Conrad
NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 1999

"Scholars may regret the lack of original insights, but this accomplished and very thorough round-up of our century's most important cultural trends is perfect for the serious general reader. (166 illustrations, not seen)"
A sweeping, ambitious examination of sea changes in human perception and interpretation over the past 100 years, from Oxford professor Conrad (A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
UNDERWORLD by Peter Conrad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Too many points are being made with too little finesse by a narrator whose tone throughout is far more academic than imaginative."
An overwrought and highly precious first novel by the Oxford don and essayist whose previous works (Where I Fell to Earth, 1990, etc.) displayed a rather florid imagination reluctantly reined in. Read full book review >

In this combination travelogue, history, and autobiography, Conrad (The Everyman History of English Literature, Imagining America) transforms an account of a homecoming into a meditation on humanity's vain attempts to make a home for itself in an indifferent world. Read full book review >