Jenny Uglow


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Jennifer Sheila Uglow OBE FRSL (née Crowther, born 1947) is an English biographer, historian, critic, and publisher. She was an editorial director of Chatto & Windus. She has written critically acclaimed biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick, and Edward Lear, and a history and joint biography of the Lunar Society, among others. She has compiled The Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography.

She won the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 2003 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future 1730–1810, and her works have twice been shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. She is a past president of the Alliance of Literary Societies and has chaired the Council of the Royal Society of Literature.

Uglow was brought up in Cumbria and later Dorset. She attended Cheltenham Ladies' College (1958–64) and St Anne's College, University of Oxford. After gaining a first in English, she took a BLitt. In 1971, she married Steve Uglow, professor emeritus at the University of Kent; the couple has two sons and two daughters. As of 2015, Uglow lives in Canterbury in Kent.

Uglow has worked in publishing since leaving university. Until 2013 she was the editorial director of the publishing company Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Random House.

She is an honorary visiting professor at the University of Warwick, vice-president of the Gaskell Society, and a trustee of the Wordsworth Trust. She was formerly a member of the British Library's Advisory Group for the Humanities member.

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