Jacket Image

Enlarge Image

200 × 130 × 15 mm
208 pages
31 illustrations
01 Oct 2011
Critical Lives

Derek Jarman Michael Charlesworth

This new biography of Derek Jarman discusses the entire range of his works and provides a picture of the whole man, from childhood to his untimely death in 1994. For the first time it properly integrates his paintings and writings with his film, demonstrating the strong connections between his varied areas of artistic production. Michael Charlesworth employs and assesses film criticism, art history, garden and nature writing, critical analysis of poetry and the personal opinions of Jarman and his friends.

Fresh in its conclusions, engaging in style, Derek Jarman is accessible, thought-provoking, radical in its arguments and its tracing of the patterns of Jarman’s phenomenal creativity. An invaluable complement to Jarman’s works, this book will interest all Jarman fans as well as readers interested in the history of film, the arts and modern British history and culture.

‘Charlesworth tells Jarman’s story well in this commendably brief book.’ — Observer

‘an admirably concise but comprehensive overview of the life and work of a truly prodigious creative spirit.’ — The Gay and Lesbian Review

Show all

Michael Charlesworth is Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Gothic Revival (2002) and Landscape and Vision in Nineteenth Century Britain and France (2008). He is also the editor of The English Garden (1993).


1. The View from Dungeness
2. Schoolboy and Student
3. Designing for Others, Painting, Super-8
4. The Feature Films of the 1970s
5. Painting, Writing, Pop Promos
6. 8 Millimetre versus 35 Millimetre
7. 1986 and After
8. Filming Plays, Painting Words, Being Ill
9. In the End, the Poet

Select Bibliography
Photo Acknowledgements