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Lives in Writing: Essays

 
 
Author
David Lodge.
Publisher Harvill Secker  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.65 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781846557903
Pages/Publication Date 262/2014
Daedalus Item Code 53832
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The author of such novels as the Whitbread Award winner How Far Can You Go? and the Booker Prize finalist Small World as well as several volumes of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction, David Lodge here explores the many ways in which real lives have been written about. In these thoughtful essays he considers various intriguing examples of life-writing—including biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary—and contributes several of his own. The subjects include modern British writers like Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis, Muriel Spark and Alan Bennett, as well as such figures from the past as Anthony Trollope and H.G. Wells.

"The shrewd, amused intellect that Lodge brings to bear makes this collection a consistent pleasure.... Wise and genial."—Times (London)

"Lodge, too original a writer to set down a conventional autobiography, reveals himself in fragments, an anecdote here, a recollection there. The collection, then, is a kind of trick: portraits of others disguising a book about himself.... This is a hybrid work, well-suited to its hybrid author—rooted in fact but entranced by fiction."—Financial Times (London)

 
 
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