Robert Irwin 400-min

Robert Irwin

Novelist, Historian, Critic, and Scholar

Robert Irwin

Novelist, Historian, Critic, and Scholar

Born in England in 1946, Robert Irwin is a novelist, historian, critic, and scholar. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an expert on The Arabian Nights, he has written widely on Arabic history and art. In addition, he has authored ten novels, some of which focus on Arabic themes. All his novels have enjoyed substantial publicity and commercial success. The Arabian Nightmare (1983) has been translated into twenty languages and is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest literary fantasy novels of the twentieth century. Educated at Epsom College and University of Oxford, Irwin also did graduate research at the School of African and Oriental Studies under the supervision of Bernard Lewis. Irwin is a Research Associate at the School of African and Oriental Studies and Middle Eastern editor of the Times Literary Supplement.