Jenny Uglow wins the Hawthornden Prize for Literature 2018

The Hawthornden Prize for Literature 2018 was awarded to Jenny Uglow for her ‘outstanding biography of a secretive genius’, Mr Lear. The award was presented on behalf of the Hawthornden Literary Retreat by Christopher Reid, chairman of the judges, at a reception at the London Library. The Hawthornden Prize rewards works of ‘imaginative literature’ whether prose…

The world of William Hogarth, by Jenny Uglow

With a new exhibition of William Hogarth’s work and Grayson Perry’s tapestries drawing comparisons with his illustrations, it seemed a good moment to speak to Jenny Uglow, author of his biography, Hogarth, about his remarkable life and times. Your biography of William Hogarth was published in 1997. What was it first drew you to his…