Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas
Frederick Turner was born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1943. After spending several years in central Africa, where his parents, the anthropologists Victor W. and Edith L. B. Turner, were conducting field research, Frederick Turner was educated at the University of Oxford (1962-67), where he obtained the degrees of B.A., M.A., and B.Litt. in English Language and Literature. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1977.
Before coming to the University of Texas at Dallas, Turner held academic positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara (assistant professor 1967-72), Kenyon College (associate professor 1972-85), and the University of Exeter in England (visiting professor 1984-85). From 1978-82 he was editor of The Kenyon Review.
Turner has published more than thirty books as well as numerous essays, poetry, reviews, and translations. His work has been translated in Albanian, French, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Rumanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese. He has lectured and given poetry readings at more than two hundred institutions in the United States, Canada, and Western and Eastern Europe. He is the author of The New World (1985), Genesis: An Epic Poem of the Terraforming of Mars (1988) and Epic: Form, Content, and History (2012).
Frederick Turner's interview was held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, on February 21, 2013.