Alan Coren

About Alan Coren

Who is it?: Writer
Birth Day: June 27, 1938
Birth Place: Paddington, British
Died On: 18 October 2007(2007-10-18) (aged 69)\nLondon, England
Birth Sign: Cancer
Cause of death: Cancer
Education: East Barnet Grammar School
Alma mater: Wadham College, Oxford (First in English, 1960) and Masters degree Yale University, doctorate in modern American literature University of California, Berkeley.
Occupation: Humourist, writer, journalist
Spouse(s): Anne Kasriel (m. 1963–2007, his death)
Children: Two Giles Coren (b. 1969); Victoria Coren Mitchell (b. 1972)

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Alan Coren was bornon June 27, 1938 in Paddington, British, is Writer. Alan Coren was a humorist, writer, journalist and satirist of British origin. He was the former editor of Punch magazine and served there for nine years. Later, he worked for one year as the editor of The Listener. He joined at Punch as an assistant editor under the editorship of Bernard Hollowood. Subsequently, he became literary editor and then deputy editor of that magazine. When the circulation of this magazine started declining, he left his position there. He authored over 30 books. Some of his remarkable comic essays include Golfing for Cats and The Cricklewood Diet. His personality as a funny man was evident from his various humorous articles published in several newspapers of that time. The New Yorker even called him as the natural successor to SJ Perelman, a renowned American humorist and author. He was popularly known as the ‘Sage of Cricklewood’ to his newspaper readers. His decision regarding the coverage of news at Punch during the assassination of President Kennedy was truly praiseworthy. Apart from that, he acted as a television critic and was a regular panelist on the BBC radio program The News Quiz in later parts of his life.
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💰 Net worth: $1.9 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1938

Alan Coren was born in Southgate, North London, in 1938, the son of a plumber and a hairdresser. This is a source of some confusion, as some appear to think he was born in Paddington.

1960

Coren was educated at East Barnet Grammar School, followed by Wadham College at the University of Oxford to which he gained a scholarship, and where he got a First in English in 1960. After taking a master's degree he studied for a doctorate in modern American literature at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley.

1963

He was survived by his wife Anne (née Kasriel), whom he married in 1963, and their two children, Giles and Victoria, who are both journalists. His cousin Michael Coren, who emigrated to Canada to become a Journalist, credits him with much help. His body was buried at Hampstead Cemetery in north London.

1965

Coren's other books include The Dog It Was That Died (1965), The Sanity Inspector (1974), All Except The Bastard (1978), The Lady from Stalingrad Mansions (1978), Rhinestone as Big as the Ritz (1979), Tissues for Men (1981), Bumf (1984), Seems Like Old Times: a Year in the Life of Alan Coren (1989), More Like Old Times (1990), A Year in Cricklewood (1991), Toujours Cricklewood? (1993), Alan Coren's Sunday Best (1993), A Bit on the Side (1995), Alan Coren Omnibus (1996), The Cricklewood Dome (1998), The Cricklewood Tapestry (2002) and Waiting for Jeffrey (2002). Coren's final book, 69 For One, was published late in 2007.

1966

In 1966, he became Punch's literary Editor, and went on to become deputy Editor in 1969 and Editor in 1977. He remained as Editor until 1987 when the circulation began to decline.

1971

From 1971 to 1978, Coren wrote a television review column for The Times.

1972

From 1972 to 1976 he wrote a humour column for the Daily Mail. He also wrote for The Observer, Tatler and The Times.

1973

In 1973 Coren became the Rector of the University of St Andrews, after John Cleese. He held the position until 1976.

1976

From 1976 to 1983, he wrote the Arthur series of children's books.

1977

Coren began his broadcasting career in 1977. He was invited to be one of the regular panellists on BBC Radio 4's new satirical quiz show, The News Quiz. He continued on The News Quiz until the year he died.

1978

In 1978 he wrote The Losers, an unsuccessful sitcom about a wrestling promoter starring Leonard Rossiter and Alfred Molina.

1979

One of his most successful books, The Collected Bulletins of Idi Amin (a collection of his Punch articles about Amin) was rejected for publication in the United States on the grounds of racial sensitivity. These Bulletins were later made into a comedy album, The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin with the actor John Bird. After the Tanzanian capture of Kampala in 1979 the American Journalist Art Barrett discovered a copy of Coren's book on Idi Amin's bedside table.

1984

From 1984 Coren worked as a television critic for the Mail on Sunday until he moved as a humorous columnist to the Sunday Express, which he left in 1996.

1987

When Coren left Punch in 1987, he became Editor of The Listener, continuing in that role until 1989.

1989

In 1989 he started a column in The Times, which he continued for the rest of his life.

1996

From 1996 to 2005 he was also one of two team captains on the UK panel game Call My Bluff.

2006

In May 2006, Coren was bitten by an insect that gave him septicaemia which led to his developing necrotising fasciitis.

2007

Coren died from the effects of cancer in 2007 at his home in north London.

2008

An anthology of his writings, called The Essential Alan Coren – Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks and edited by his children, was published on 2 October 2008.

2013

Unsurprisingly, during the week in which he took over the editorship, the Jewish Chronicle published a profile of him. His response was to rush around the office, waving a copy of the relevant edition, saying: "This is ridiculous – I haven't been Jewish for years!"