|Born||Vivian Leopold James|
7 October 1939
Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||24 November 2019 (aged 80)|
|Occupation||Author, essayist, poet, broadcaster|
|Notable works||Unreliable Memoirs |
|Notable awards||Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Literature|
Prudence Shaw (m. 1968)
|Children||2 (including Claerwen James)|
Clive James  He began his career specialising in literary criticism before becoming television critic for The Observer in 1972, where he made his name for his wry, deadpan humour. During this period, he earned an independent reputation as a poet and satirist. He achieved mainstream success in the UK first as a writer for television, and eventually as the lead in his own programs, including ...on Television.(born Vivian Leopold James; 7 October 1939 – 24 November 2019) was an Australian critic, broadcaster and writer who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1961 until his death in 2019.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Famous lines
- 4 Honours
- 5 Political views
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Health and death
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 Notes
- 10 External links
James was born Vivian Leopold James in Kogarah, a southern suburb of Sydney. He was allowed to change his name as a child because "after Vivien Leigh played Scarlett O'Hara the name became irrevocably a girl's name no matter how you spelled it". He chose "Clive", the name of Tyrone Power's character in the 1942 film This Above All.
James's father, Albert Arthur James, was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. Although he survived the prisoner-of-war camp, he died when the American B-24 carrying freed allied POWs he was on ran into the tail of a typhoon, en route from Okinawa to Manila, and crashed into the mountains of southeastern Taiwan. He was buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong. James would later state that his life’s works originated in his father's death.
James, an only child, was brought up by his mother (Minora May, née Darke), a factory worker, in the Sydney suburbs of Kogarah and Jannali, living some years with his English maternal grandfather.
He was educated at Sydney Technical High School (despite winning a bursary award to Sydney Boys High School) and the University of Sydney, where he studied English and psychology from 1957 to 1960, and became associated with the Sydney Push, a libertarian intellectual subculture. At the university, he contributed to the student newspaper, Honi Soit, and directed the annual students' union revue. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English in 1961. After graduating, James worked for a year as an assistant editor for the magazine page at The Sydney Morning Herald.
In 1962, James moved to England, which became his home for the rest of his life. During his first three years in London studying in Cambridge, he shared a flat with the Australian film director Bruce Beresford (disguised as "Dave Dalziel" in the first three volumes of James's memoirs), was a neighbour of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, became acquainted with Barry Humphries (disguised as "Bruce Jennings") and had a variety of occasionally disastrous short-term jobs – sheet metal worker, library assistant, photo archivist and market researcher.
James gained a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge, to read English literature. While there, he contributed to all the undergraduate periodicals, was a member and later President of the Cambridge Footlights, and appeared on University Challenge as captain of the Pembroke team, beating St Hilda's, Oxford, but losing to Balliol on the last question in a tied game. During one summer vacation, he worked as a circus roustabout to save enough money to travel to Italy. His contemporaries at Cambridge included Germaine Greer (known as "Romaine Rand" in the first three volumes of his memoirs), Simon Schama and Eric Idle. Having, he claimed, scrupulously avoided reading any of the course material (but having read widely otherwise in English and foreign literature), James graduated with a 2:1—better than he had expected—and began a PhD thesis on Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Critic and essayist
James became the television critic for The Observer in 1972, remaining in the role until 1982. Mark Lawson described a James's review as "so funny it was dangerous to read while holding a hot drink". He was at times merciless. Selections from the column were published in three books — Visions Before Midnight, The Crystal Bucket and Glued to the Box – and finally in a compendium, On Television. He wrote literary criticism for newspapers, magazines and periodicals in Britain, Australia and the United States, including, among many others, the Australian Book Review, The Monthly, The Atlantic, the The New York Review of Books, The Liberal and the The Times Literary Supplement. John Gross included James's essay "A Blizzard of Tiny Kisses" in the Oxford Book of Essays (1992, 1999).
The Metropolitan Critic (1974), his first collection of literary criticism, was followed by At the Pillars of Hercules (1979), From the Land of Shadows (1982), Snakecharmers in Texas (1988), The Dreaming Swimmer (1992), Even As We Speak (2004), The Meaning of Recognition (2005) and Cultural Amnesia (2007), a collection of miniature intellectual biographies of over 100 significant figures in modern culture, history and politics. A defence of humanism, liberal democracy and literary clarity, the book was listed among the best of 2007 by The Village Voice. Another volume of essays, The Revolt of the Pendulum, was published in June 2009.
He also published Flying Visits, a collection of travel writing for The Observer. For many years, until mid-2014, he wrote the weekly television critique page in the "Review" section of the Saturday edition of The Daily Telegraph.
Poet and lyricist
James published several books of poetry, including Poem of the Year (1983), a verse-diary; Other Passports: Poems 1958–1985, a first collection; and The Book of My Enemy (2003), a volume that takes its title from his poem "The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered".
He published four mock-heroic poems — The Fate of Felicity Fark in the Land of the Media: a moral poem (1975), Peregrine Prykke's Pilgrimage Through the London Literary World (1976), Britannia Bright's Bewilderment in the Wilderness of Westminster (1976) and Charles Charming's Challenges on the Pathway to the Throne (1981) — and one long autobiographical epic, The River in the Sky (2018).
- Beware of the Beautiful Stranger (1970)
- Driving Through Mythical America (1971)
- A King at Nightfall (1973)
- The Road of Silk (1974)
- Secret Drinker (1974)
- Live Libel (1975)
Atkin and James toured together to promote both the final album - a "contractual obligation" collection consisting of parodies and humour numbers written over the years - and James's own Felicity Fark epic poem. James wrote the album sleeve notes, which mostly linked the songs with thinly disguised jibes at popular artists and trends. On stage James both read from his poem, and introduced the album songs. Despite the success of the tour, there were no more recordings by Atkin, who pursued other opportunities and eventually became a BBC radio producer.
A revival of interest in the songs in the late 1990s, triggered largely by the creation by Steve Birkill of an Internet mailing list "Midnight Voices" in 1997, led to the reissue of the six albums on CD between 1997 and 2001, as well as live performances by the pair. A double album of previously unrecorded songs written in the seventies and entitled The Lakeside Sessions: Volumes 1 and 2 was released in 2002 and Winter Spring, an album of new material written by James and Atkin was released in 2003. This was followed by Midnight Voices, an album of remakes of the best Atkin/James songs from the early albums, and, in 2015, by The Colours of the Night, which included several newly completed songs.
James acknowledged the importance of the Midnight Voices group in bringing to wider attention the lyric-writing aspect of his career. He wrote in November 1997, "That one of the midnight voices of my own fate should be the music of Pete Atkin continues to rank high among the blessings of my life".
In 2013, he issued his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. The work, adopting quatrains to translate the original's terza rima, was well received by Australian critics. Writing for The New York Times, Joseph Luzzi thought it often failed to capture the more dramatic moments of the Inferno, but that it was more successful where Dante slows down, in the more theological and deliberative cantos of the Purgatorio and Paradiso.
Novelist and memoirist
In 1980 James published his first book of autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, which recounted his early life in Australia and extended to over 100 reprintings. It was followed by four other volumes of autobiography: Falling Towards England (1985), which covered his London years; May Week Was in June (1990), which dealt with his time at Cambridge; North Face of Soho (2006); and The Blaze of Obscurity (2009), concerning his subsequent career as a television presenter. An omnibus edition of the first three volumes was published under the generic title of Always Unreliable. James also wrote four novels: Brilliant Creatures (1983); The Remake (1987); Brrm! Brrm! (1991), published in the United States as The Man from Japan; and The Silver Castle (1996).
In 1999, John Gross included an excerpt from Unreliable Memoirs in The New Oxford Book of English Prose. John Carey chose Unreliable Memoirs as one of the 50 most enjoyable books of the 20th century in his book Pure Pleasure (2000).
James developed his television career as a guest commentator on various shows, including as an occasional co-presenter with Tony Wilson on the first series of So It Goes, the Granada Television pop music show. On the show when the Sex Pistols made their TV debut, James commented: "During the recording, the task of keeping the little bastards under control was given to me. With the aid of a radio microphone, I was able to shout them down, but it was a near thing ... they attacked everything around them and had difficulty in being polite even to each other".
James subsequently hosted the ITV show Clive James on Television, in which he showcased unusual or (often unintentionally) amusing television programmes from around the world, notably the Japanese TV show Endurance. After his defection to the BBC in 1988, he hosted a similarly-formatted programme called Saturday Night Clive (1988–1990) which initially screened on Saturday evening, returning as Saturday Night Clive on Sunday in its second series when it changed screening day and then Sunday Night Clive in its third and final series. In 1995 he set up Watchmaker Productions to produce The Clive James Show for ITV, and a subsequent series launched the British career of singer and comedian Margarita Pracatan. James hosted one of the early chat shows on Channel 4 and fronted the BBC's Review of the Year programmes in the late 1980s (Clive James on the '80s) and 1990s (Clive James on the '90s), which formed part of the channel's New Year's Eve celebrations.
In the mid-1980s, James featured in a travel programme called Clive James in... (beginning with Clive James in Las Vegas) for LWT (now ITV) and later switched to BBC, where he continued producing travel programmes, this time called Clive James's Postcard from... (beginning with Clive James's Postcard from Miami) – these also eventually transferred to ITV. He was also one of the original team of presenters of the BBC's The Late Show, hosting a round-table discussion on Friday nights.
His major documentary series Fame in the 20th Century (1993) was broadcast in the United Kingdom by the BBC, in Australia by the ABC and in the United States by the PBS network. This series dealt with the concept of "fame" in the 20th century, following over a course of eight episodes (each one chronologically and roughly devoted to one decade of the century, from the 1900s to the 1980s) discussions about world-famous people of the 20th century. Through the use of film footage, James presented a history of "fame" which explored its growth to today's global proportions. In his closing monologue he remarked, "Achievement without fame can be a rewarding life, while fame without achievement is no life at all."
A well known fan of motor racing, James presented the 1982, 1984 and 1986 official Formula One season review videos produced by the Formula One Constructors Association, more commonly known as FOCA. James, who attended most F1 races during the 1980s and was a friend of former FOCA boss Bernie Ecclestone, added his own humour to the reviews which became popular with fans of the sport. He also presented The Clive James Formula 1 Show for ITV to coincide with their Formula One coverage in 1997.
He summed up the medium in the introduction to Glued to the Box: "Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world."
In 2007, James started presenting the BBC Radio 4 series A Point of View, with transcripts appearing in the "Magazine" section of BBC News Online. In this programme James discussed various issues with a slightly humorous slant. Topics covered included media portrayal of torture, young black role models and corporate rebranding. Three of James's broadcasts in 2007 were shortlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize.
In October 2009, James read a radio version of his book The Blaze of Obscurity on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week programme. In December 2009, James talked about the P-51 Mustang and other American fighter aircraft of World War II in The Museum of Curiosity on BBC Radio 4.
In May 2011, the BBC published a new podcast, A Point of View: Clive James, which features all sixty A Point of View programmes presented by James between 2007 and 2009.
He posted vlog conversations from his internet show Talking in the Library, including conversations with Ian McEwan, Cate Blanchett, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Miller and Terry Gilliam. In addition to the poetry and prose of James himself, the site featured the works of other literary figures such as Les Murray and Michael Frayn, as well as the works of painters, sculptors and photographers such as John Olsen and Jeffrey Smart.
In 2008 James performed in two eponymous shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Clive James in Conversation and Clive James in the Evening. He took the latter show on a limited tour of the UK in 2009.
He described the romantic novelist Barbara Cartland as having "Twin miracles of mascara, her eyes looked like the corpses of two small crows that had crashed into the white cliffs of Dover." He also used to call the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat by the female name "Yasmin Arafat".
In 1992, James was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). This was enhanced to Officer level (AO) in the 2013 Australia Day Honours. James was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to literature and the media. In 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Literature. He received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney and East Anglia. In April 2008, James was awarded a Special Award for Writing and Broadcasting by the judges of the Orwell Prize.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. He was an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge (his alma mater). In the 2015 BAFTAs, James received a special award honouring his 50-year career. In 2014, he was awarded the President's Medal by the British Academy.
James's political views were prominent in much of his later writing. While critical of communism for its tendency towards totalitarianism, he still identified with the left. In a 2006 interview in The Sunday Times, James said of himself: "I was brought up on the proletarian left, and I remain there. The fair go for the workers is fundamental, and I don't believe the free market has a mind." In a speech given in 1991, he criticised privatisation: "The idea that Britain's broadcasting system—for all its drawbacks one of the country's greatest institutions—was bound to be improved by being subjected to the conditions of a free market: there was no difficulty in recognising that notion as politically illiterate. But for some reason people did have difficulty in realising that it was economically illiterate too."
Overall, James identified as a liberal social democrat. He strongly supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, saying in 2007 that "the war only lasted a few days" and that the continuing conflict in Iraq was "the Iraq peace". He also wrote that it was "official policy to rape a woman in front of her family" during Saddam Hussein's regime and that women have enjoyed more rights since the invasion. He was also a patron of the Burma Campaign UK, an organisation that campaigns for human rights and democracy in Burma.
In 1968, at Cambridge, James married Prudence A. "Prue" Shaw, an emeritus reader in Italian studies at University College London and the author of Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity. James and Shaw had two daughters, one the artist Claerwen James. In April 2012, the Australian Channel Nine programme A Current Affair ran an item in which the former model Leanne Edelsten admitted to an eight-year affair with James beginning in 2004. Shaw threw her husband out of the family home following the revelation. Prior to this, for most of his working life, James divided his time between a converted warehouse flat in London and the family home in Cambridge.
After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, James wrote a piece for The New Yorker entitled "Requiem", recording his overwhelming grief. Since then he has mainly declined to comment about their friendship, apart from some remarks in his fifth volume of memoirs, Blaze of Obscurity.
James was able to read, with varying fluency, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. A tango enthusiast, he travelled to Buenos Aires for dance lessons and had a dance floor in his house.
James was a lifelong fan of the St George Dragons and wrote admiringly of Rugby League Immortal Reg Gasnier who was a schoolmate at Sydney Technical High School. He guest presented one episode of the The Footy Show in 2005.
Health and death
For much of his early life, James was a heavy drinker and smoker. He recorded in May Week Was in June his habit of filling a hubcap ashtray daily. At various times he wrote of attempts – intermittently successful – to give up drinking and smoking. He smoked 80 cigarettes a day for a number of years before giving up in 2005. He had also given up, for 13 years, from his early 30s.
In April 2011, after media speculation that he had suffered kidney failure, James confirmed in June 2012 that B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia "had beaten him" and that he was "near the end". He said that he was also diagnosed with emphysema and kidney failure in early 2010.
On 3 September 2013, an interview with journalist Kerry O'Brien, Clive James: The Kid from Kogarah, was broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The interview was filmed in the library of his old college at Cambridge University. In the extended interview, James discussed his illness and confronting mortality. James wrote the poem "Japanese Maple" which was published in The New Yorker in 2014 and described as his "farewell poem". The New York Times called it "a poignant meditation on his impending death".
In a BBC interview with Charlie Stayt, broadcast on 31 March 2015, James described himself as "near to death but thankful for life". In October 2015, he admitted to feeling "embarrassment" at still being alive thanks to experimental drug treatment.
James died on 24 November 2019 at his home in Cambridge.
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- — (1977). Visions Before Midnight: television criticism from The Observer 1972–76. ISBN 0224013866.
- — (1979). At the Pillars of Hercules. ISBN 9780330372145.
- — (1980). First Reactions : critical essays 1968–79. ISBN 9780394512334.
- — (1981). The crystal bucket : television criticism from The Observer 1976–79. ISBN 9780330267458.
- — (1982). From the land of shadows. ISBN 9780330269940.
- — (1983). Glued to the box : television criticism from The Observer. ISBN 9780224020664.
- — (1984). Flying visits : postcards from The Observer, 1976–83. ISBN 9780330288392.
- — (1988). Snakecharmers in Texas : essays 1980–87. ISBN 9780330305808.
- — (1991). Clive James on television.
- — (1992). The dreaming swimmer : non-fiction, 1987–1992. ISBN 9780330331210.
- — (1993). Fame in the 20th Century. ISBN 9780563362746.
- — (2001). Reliable essays : the best of Clive James. ISBN 9780330481298.
- — (2003). As of this writing : essays 1968–2000. ISBN 9780393051803.
- — (2004). Even as we speak : new essays 1993–2001. ISBN 9780330493062.
- — (2005). The meaning of recognition : new essays 2001–2005.
- — (2007). Cultural amnesia : necessary memories from history and the arts. ISBN 9780393061161.
- — (2009). The revolt of the pendulum : essays 2005–2009. ISBN 9780330457392.
- — (2011). A Point of View. ISBN 9780330534383.
- — (2013). Cultural cohesion : essential essays. ISBN 9780393346367.
- — (2014). Poetry notebook 2006–2014. ISBN 9781447269120.
- — (2015). Latest readings. ISBN 9780300223552.
- — (2016). Play all. ISBN 9780300229707.
- — (2019). Somewhere becoming rain: Collected writings on Philip Larkin. ISBN 9781529028829.
- James, Clive (1980). Unreliable memoirs. ISBN 9781447275480.
- — (1985). Falling towards England. ISBN 9780330294379.
- — (1990). May Week was in June. ISBN 9780330315227.
- — (2006). North Face of Soho. ISBN 9780330481281.
- — (2009). The Blaze of Obscurity. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9780330457361.
- James, Clive (1983). Brilliant Creatures. ISBN 9780330283434.
- — (1987). The Remake. ISBN 9780330303743.
- — (1991). Brrm! Brrm!. ISBN 9780330325486.
- — (1996). The Silver Castle. ISBN 9780224043847.
- — (1975). The Fate of Felicity Fark in the land of the media: a moral poem. Cape. ISBN 9780224011853.
- — (1976). Peregrine Prykke's pilgrimage through the London literary world.
- — (1976). Britannia Bright's bewilderment in the wilderness of Westminster.
- — (1981). Charles Charming's challenges on the pathway to the throne. ISBN 9780224019545.
- — (1983). Poem of the Year. ISBN 9780224029612.
- — (2016). Gate of lilacs: A verse commentary on Proust. ISBN 9781509812356.
- — (2018). The River in the Sky. ISBN 9781509887231.
- — (1977). Fan-mail: Seven Verse Letters. ISBN 9780571110582.
- — (1986). Other Passports: Poems 1958–1985. ISBN 9780330301794.
- — (2003). The book of my enemy. ISBN 9780330420044.
- — (2008). Angels over Elsinore: collected verse 2003–2008. ISBN 9780330457408.
- — (2009). Opal sunset: selected poems 1958–2009. W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 9780393067071.
- — (2012). Nefertiti in the flak tower. ISBN 9781447207009.
- — (2015). Sentenced to life. ISBN 9781447284055.
- — (2016). Collected poems 1958–2015. ISBN 9781631492471.
- — (2017). Injury time. ISBN 9781509852987.
List of poems
|Beachmaster||2009||James, Clive (April 2009). "Beachmaster". The Monthly.|
|Early to bed||2013||James, Clive (April 2013). "Early to bed". Australian Book Review. 350: 25.|
|Leçons de ténèbres||2013||James, Clive (3 June 2013). "Leçons de ténèbres". The New Yorker. 89 (16): 64.|
|Rounded with a sleep||2014||James, Clive (16 March 2015). "Rounded with a sleep". The Times Literary Supplement. 5810: 4.|
|Star system||2015||James, Clive (16 March 2015). "Star system". The New Yorker. 91 (4): 50–51.|
|Initial outlay||2016||James, Clive (January–February 2016). "Initial outlay". Quadrant. 60 (1–2): 9.|
|I was proud of these hands once||2016||James, Clive (January–February 2016). "I was proud of these hands once". Quadrant. 60 (1–2): 49.|
|Splinters from Shakespeare||2016||James, Clive (January–February 2016). "Splinters from Shakespeare". Quadrant. 60 (1–2): 49.|
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- Clive James, May Week Was in June,(1990) Picador 1991 p.230'I also installed my ashtray: a hubcap off a Bedford van, it could hold the stubs of eighty cigarettes, so I only had to empty it once a day.'
- Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2006 p.141:'I smoked so much that I needed the hubcap of a Bedford van as an ashtray. I had found the hubcap lying in the gutter of Trumpington Street, and thought: 'That will make an ideal ashtray.'
- Smoking the Memory | clivejames.com Archived 12 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine In A Point of View he notes that this account of giving up smoking needed updating as he had gone back to it.
- "Smoking, my lost love". BBC News. 3 August 2007.
- "Clive James battles leukaemia". Sydney Morning Hearld. April 2011.
- "Clive James tells BBC "I am dying, I am near the end"". Belfast Telegraph. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Clive James: 'I'm getting near the end'". BBC News: Entertainment and Arts. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Clive James reflects on career, poetry and death in interview with Kerry O'Brien". ABC News. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- "Clive James reads his farewell poem, Japanese Maple, in this tribute by animator Lucy Fahey". ABC News. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- "'Japanese Maple' by Clive James". The New York Times. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
- Clive James; Charlie Stayt (31 March 2015). Clive James 'near to death but thankful for life' (Video). London: BBC.
- "Clive James: 'Still being alive is embarrassing". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
- "Reports of my death". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- Zayed, Alya (27 November 2019). "Australian broadcaster Clive James dies in Cambridge". Cambridge News. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- "The Metropolitan Critic". Clive james.
- A one-volume edition of the television criticism books.
- Reproductions of sixty BBC Radio 4 10-minute segments from 2007 to 2009.
- Released in the United States as The man from Japan (1993).
- Poetry and lyrics.
- In quatrains.
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