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Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today$
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Shelley Hales and Joanna Paul

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569366.001.0001

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Writing Pompeii

Writing Pompeii

An Interview with Robert Harris

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Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today

Shelley Hales

Joanna Paul

Oxford University Press

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

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