Braine, John Gerard

Braine, John Gerard,

1922–86, English novelist, b. Bradford, Yorkshire. With his first novel, Room at the Top (1957), Braine established himself as one of England's angry young menangry young men,
term applied to a group of English writers of the 1950s whose heroes share certain rebellious and critical attitudes toward society. This phrase, which was originally taken from the title of Leslie Allen Paul's autobiography, Angry Young Man
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. This novel bitterly chronicles the rise of a young working-class man into the upper middle class of an English factory town. In its penetrating analysis of the English class structure and of psychological relationships, Room at the Top was representative of all Braine's novels. His other works include Life at the Top (1962), The Jealous God (1964), Writing A Novel (1974), Finger of Fire (1977), and One and Last Love (1981).
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