Writing Pompeii

Shelley Hales and Joanna Paul

in Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199569366
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191808265 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Writing Pompeii

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This chapter presents an abridged transcript of an interview with Robert Harris, conducted in person by the editors of this volume in June 2007. In 2003, Harris's Pompeii was published by Random House: this was his first novel to be set in antiquity, and was followed in 2006 by Imperium, the first of a planned series of novels on the life and times of Cicero. In conversation, Harris offers insight into the challenges and opportunities afforded the modern novelist who sets out to re-create Pompeii — and its destruction — for a mass audience.

Keywords: Robert Harris; authors; interviews; Pompeii; Imperium

Chapter.  3137 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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