Imagined Lives

Charles Carlton discusses Archbishop William Laud, Carlton’s biography of the seventeenth-century archbishop of Canterbury. In Laud’s life and times Carlton finds some noteworthy analogies to the contemporary American debate over the separation of church and state.

In the second segment [14:25], Fred Kaplan discusses his literary biography of Charles Dickens, focusing on his work, his performance personality, and his importance to readers today.

At the time of this interview, Carlton, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1985-86), was professor of history at North Carolina State University.

Kaplan, also a Fellow at the Center (1985-86), was professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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