By George Stade

This quantity is considered one of an increasing literary reference paintings of encyclopaedic dimensions which goals to supply severe introductions to the works, lives, and concepts of the writers who've formed the cultural background of the western international. This version extends insurance with 23 essays on novelists, poets, philosophers, historians and playwrights, who've come to the fore within the interval 1950-1980 and who're now considered as indispensible to the literary scene. The record contains: Samuel Beckett, Edward Bond, Anthony Burgess, Lawrence Durrell, John Fowles, William Golding, Graham Greene, Ted Hughes, Arthur Koestler, Philip Larkin, Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, V.S. Naipaul, John Osbourne, Harold Pinter, Paul Scott, Peter Shaffer, Muriel Spark, Tom Stoppard, David Storey, Dylan Thomas, Patrick White and Angus Wilson.

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Author of London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Travel Writer and Postcolonial Mandarin. Nadine Gordimer JOHN RICHETTI. Leonard Sugarman Professor of English and Chairman of the English Department, University of Pennsylvania. Co-editor of Cambridge University Press Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Thought. Author of books and essays on the early English novel and philosophical prose in the eighteenth century. Books include Popular Fiction Before Richardson: Narrative Patterns 17001739, Defoe's Narratives: Situations and Structures, and Philosophical Writing: Locke, Berkeley, Hume.

S. Eliot, Thomas Carlyle, George Eliot, Hippolyte Taine, Roland Barthes, and Barbara Pym. Publications include a book-length study, The Comic Art of Barbara Pym. Barbara Pym JOSEPH DEVLIN. Poet and critic. Frances Steloff Fellow in Irish Literature, Columbia University. Author of the forthcoming Comedy and Modern Irish Literature. Flann O'Brien SUZANNE Fox. Poet, critic, and freelance writer. Administrator of the National Poetry Series and Adjunct Professor, New York Institute of Technology. Has contributed poems and articles to a variety of periodicals and has written widely in the fields of business and finance.

In his novels as well as in his literary and political journalism, Amis values clarity and a skeptical common sense; his overseeing narrative technique is uncomplicated and straightforward, and the reader always knows just what is happening, although perhaps not always why. A notorious opponent of those tendencies in literature that have come to be called "modernism" and are associated with novelists like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, Amis has been consistently assertive in his rejection of narrative experimentation and the cosmopolitan attitudes about art that go along with it.

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