Ted’s Bio

Ted Gorton was born in Texas in 1947, and educated in at the American University of Beirut, universities of Paris (Nanterre, 1968-9!) and Oklahoma, and finally St John’s College, Oxford, where he took an MPhil in Comparative Literature and a doctorate in  Oriental Studies (Arabic).  He taught Arabic at St Andrews University in Scotland and was an adjunct professor at Beirut College for Women (as it was then), the Georgetown University and elsewhere, besides spending 25 years in the oil business.  He and his Lebanese archaeologist wife Andree Feghali Gorton have four children and live in London and Gascony.

Ted has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, mostly about  Hispano-Arabic poetry, and two volumes of Arabic poetry in translation.  Together with his wife, he produced a reasoned anthology, Lebanon: through writers’  eyes (Eland Books, 2009); he also edited and provided commentary for two anthologies about Middle Eastern cities, Beirut and Jerusalem, both published by the American University in Cairo Press.

His most recent book is Only the Dead, of which details and reviews may be found here.  It was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.

Before that, he completed a new project, a biography of Fakhr ad-Din Ma’n (d. 1635), an enigmatic prince of the Druze in Mount Lebanon.  The Emir fell out with his Ottoman overlords, fleeing to Italy where he spent five years, initially at the Renaissance court of the Medici in Florence.  He returned to the Levant, building elegant palaces in the style of the Italian Renaissance, and extended his domains to such an extent that the Ottomans sent an army after him.  Fakhr ad-Din was captured and executed in Istanbul along with one or two of his sons, but his name lives on in Lebanon where he is revered (by some) as “father of the Nation”.

4 thoughts on “Ted’s Bio”

  1. nfostvedt said:

    Ted: Saw this webpage by accident. Impressive set of activities. Will look for your books. All the best.

    • Hi Nils! Glad to see you’re still kicking. What are you up to?

      • nfostvedt said:

        Ted: Good to hear from you. I am still in DC, doing a bit of consulting for WB, trying generally to keep senility at bay, and these days we are reopening our lives one small step at a time. I hope the coming winter to go back to Norway for a few months of cross-country skiing, which I have been doing every year since retirement except for the past winter. But probably no more ski marathons, although you never know for sure. And I have not been back to London for a number of years, so that’s another item on the to do list – I have missed Hatchards and Foyles. All the best Nils

  2. Hello Ted.
    Thank you so much for this incredible book on the Renaissance Emir. I am from Mount Lebanon, currently in Florence working as postdoctoral researcher in the history department at EUI. Our research interests certainly overlap, and it would be wonderful to connect with you. I look forward to hearing from you soon! Best wishes for 2022, Rima Merhi

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