Sunday, June 28, 2015

Erica Wagner is an American author and critic, living in London. She is former literary editor of The Times.


Erica Wagner was born in New York City in 1967. She grew up on the Upper West Side and went to the Brearley School. As a child she suffered from epilepsy.

She moved to Britain in the 1980s to continue her education, first at St Paul's Girls' School, then at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (BA), and finally at the University of East Anglia (MA), where she was taught by Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain.

She is the author of several books, including a collection of short stories, Gravity, and Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters. Her latest work is the novel Seizure.

She was literary editor of The Times between 1996 and June 2013. She lives in London with her husband, the writer Francis Gilbert, author of I’m a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!, Teacher on the Run and Yob Nation. They have a son, Theodore. She also reviews regularly for The New York Times. In December 2013, it was announced that Erica Wagner would be one of the judges for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, she previously judged the prize in 2002.


  • Gravity (1997) (Granta)
  • Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters (2000) (Faber & Faber; W. W. Norton)
  • Seizure (2007) (Faber & Faber; W. W. Norton)


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