Paul Levy is a frequent broadcaster, and wrote and presented the 1992 5-part Channel 4 series “The Feast of Christmas” (and the book with that title, published in London by Kyle Cathie, 1992), which was transmitted again by channel 4 in 1993, and in Canada and Australia.
From 1991 to 2001 he wrote a weekly column on the arts for The Wall Street Journal Europe, covering drama, books, the visual arts and architecture, music and from 1999-2001 a weekly piece on food or wine. He remains a regular contributor to the Friday “Personal Journal” pages, where he writes on art, opera, theatre, books and occasionally, food, He formerly wrote a weekly piece for the Arts & Leisure page of The Wall Street Journal in the USA. He reviews books for the New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement, and writes obituaries for The Independent that sometimes add new terrors to death. He has written for Reader’s Digest and has contributed occasional pieces to all the British broadsheet daily newspapers, and has written more than 15 entries for the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
In 2002 he served as rapporteur to the Franco-British Council’s conference on Genetically Modified Food, and wrote the conference’s official report. He was a trustee of the Jane Grigson Trust, a registered charity that maintains a research library of cookery books now housed at Oxford Brookes University, where he is also a Member of the Court. In 2003 he became a founding trustee of another charity, the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, and, along with Dr Theodore Zeldin and Claudia Roden, a co-chairman of the 2003 Symposium at St Antony’s College, Oxford. With Claudia Roden he chaired the 2004 Syposium, the first at Oxford Brookes, and did the same for the 2005 Symposium, whose theme was “Authenticity.” They’ll be together in the chair again in 2006 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, when the subject is “Eggs.” See www.oxfordsymposium.org.
Paul Levy has been one of the Strachey Trustees and co-executor (with Michael Holroyd) of Lytton Strachey’s literary estate since the founding of the Strachey Trust, a registered charity, in 1972. He was chosen by the Trustees, from among several candidates, to edit Lytton Strachey’s letters.
He edited Lytton Strachey: The Really Interesting Question (London and New York, 1972); is the author of Moore: G.E.Moore and the Cambridge Apostles (London and New York, 1979); and, with Michael Holroyd, edited The Shorter Strachey (London and New York, 1980). He was awarded a Ph.D. by Harvard University – in lieu of a dissertation - for Moore, which went through five editions, and is still used as a text in colleges and universities, especially in the USA. He also wrote the chapter on “The Bloomsbury Group” in Milo Keynes, ed., Essays on John Maynard Keynes, the introduction to Eminent Victorians: The Definitive Edition (Continuum, London, 2002) and his name is well-known to Bloomsbury buffs and scholars.
Paul lives with his wife Penelope (Marcus), an art historian and former publisher, and their two 20-something daughters in a farmhouse in Oxfordshire, with a large, well-stocked kitchen garden and (currently) five cats (of which the three youngest are named Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas). He is also a long-time, but part-time, resident of Hampstead.