Notes on this edition: Lives and Works: Profiles of Leading Novelists, Poets and Playwrights. Edited by Annalena McAfee with portraits by Eamonn McCabe. London: Atlantic Books, 2002. Pp. 246 + . 23.3 x 15.5 cm. ISBN: 1843540797.
The profile of Julian Barnes is written by Nicholas Wroe and is titled “Literature’s Mister Cool” (pp. 21-28). Wroe originally published the profile in The Guardian, 29 July 2000.
Authors included in the book include Seamus Heaney, Harold Pinter, Peter Porter, John Updike, and more.
Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Edgar Degas.” Writers on Artists. London / New York: DK Publishing, 2001. Pp. 352. 28.2 x 22.3 cm. ISBN: 0789480352.
The book is published in association with Modern Painters. Other authors contributing to this collection include David Hockney, Howard Jacobson, Will Self, Craig Raine, David Bowie, Andrew Motion, Nick Hornby, A. S. Byatt, Seamus Heaney, and others.
Julian Barnes’s essay on Edgar Degas appears on pp. 158-165. The dust jacket matches the illustrated binding, as pictured.
Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “U” in Hockney’s Alphabet. Edited by Stephen Spender. New York: Random House, 1991. Pp. 92 + . 39.4 x 23.3 cm. ISBN: 067941066x.
Drawings by David Hockney with written contributions by Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Seamus Heaney, Craig Raine, and others. Each author addresses a letter from the alphabet.
Julian Barnes’s contribution appears on page 71-72.
“The proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the American Friends of AIDS Crisis Trust and be used to support AIDS research and services to people with AIDS.”
The book was also published in deluxe and special editions.
Notes on this edition: Lifelines: An Anthology of Poems Chosen by Famous People. Edited by Niall MacMonagle. London: Penguin Books, 1993. Pp. 222. 19.6 x 12.8 cm. With a foreword by Seamus Heaney.
Julian Barnes selects and discusses A. E. Housman’s “Last Poems, XII” (pp. 150-51).