My name is Carey Harrison, and this website is primarily devoted to my writing. An overview of my career is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carey_Harrison

Updates, news and upcoming events can be found here.

A link to my theatre company: http://www.thewoodstockplayers.com

Contact me if you have any questions, at ranald.carew@gmail.com

Here are a few things people have said about my work:

On this site, you will find links to excerpts from novels and plays, some entire, some in excerpts, both published and performed and unpublished and unperformed. There are also links to a few photographs.

Here are excerpts from seven novels unconnected by character or theme but written (in the order below) in the course of a year:

The Person I Was

Dog’s Mercury


A Perfect Innocent

Personal Assistant

Clear To Kill

As An Unperfect Actor On The Stage…

(They were written in 365 days precisely: The Person I Was was begun on the morning of May 9 2005 and As An Unperfect Actor On The Stage... was completed on the evening of May 8 2006. Six of the novels were written in the eight months surrounding August to November 2005, a four-month period during which the 700-page A Perfect Innocent was written; the last four books in five months. 700,000 words in the twelvemonth. 1,800 words a day. My email confirms this: as storage I sent myself the day's work every evening. I had a full-time teaching post and other duties at the time and, apart from Wednesday, my free day, the books were almost entirely written before breakfast. Anything is possible, it seems, when the time is right. My previous 700-page novel, Richard's Feet, took twelve years to complete.)

Below, links to three recently completed stage plays, the first a 30-minute comedy staged off-Broadway during May and June 2009, the other two a pair of full-length ‘dream plays’ yet to be performed:

Scenes From A Misunderstanding – first scene

Midget In A Catsuit Reciting Spinoza - entire

Magus – in draft

Next, two BBC World Service radio plays, entire, the first one the winner of the 2006 WorldPlay award for the best play broadcast by an English-language broadcaster:

Hitler In Therapy

A Cook’s Tour Of Communism

Some 40 of my essays on language, culture and the classroom are available to subscribers at http://vocabula.com and http://thescreamonline.com

My book reviews can be found in the online archives of The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Sunday Times.


Some photographs:

Portrait 2006

My emblem

My family

My home

My steed

One of my tattoos: the opening section, Für Marcel Proust, of Theodor Adorno’s Minima Moralia, in the original German

A favorite book cover

My wife Claire’s painting of me at work

Performing at the Kennedy Center

Finally -

Some favorites, those nearest to my heart:

Novels: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift, Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, Iris Murdoch’s Under The Net, Marcel Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Stories: John Keller’s Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher, Robert Stone’s Under The Pitons. Dramatists: Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Racine, Chekhov, Pirandello. Poets: Li Po, Dante, Herbert, Laforgue, Whitman, Dickinson. Movies: Lars von Trier’s Europa, Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura. Philosophers, despite their mutual antagonism: Adorno and Heidegger. Composers: Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Pårt. Painters: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caillebotte, Samuel Palmer, de Staël. Supreme and unmatched artist: Gaudí.