John Fowles


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Fowles, John,

1926–2005, English writer, b. Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, grad. Oxford, 1950. A complex, cerebral writer and a superb storyteller, Fowles was interested in manipulating the novel as a genre. His central philosophical proccupation involved the conflict between free will and determinism. His first published novel, The Collector (1963; film 1965), is a study of a clerk who is psychologically impelled to kidnap and murder—that is, "collect"—a girl to whom he is attracted. The Magus (1966, film 1968, rev. ed. 1977) tells of its young protagonist's struggle with the powerful and mysterious title character, the ruler of a Greek island who has garnered a cult following. His best-known work, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969; film 1981) is a multilayered "Victorian" novel that has three alternate endings; it reflects a modern self-consciousness about 19th-century England and the form of the novel itself. Fowles also wrote The Aristos: A Self-Portrait in Ideas (1964) and other nonfiction works; The Ebony Tower (1974), a collection of stories; and the novels Daniel Martin (1977), Mantissa (1982), and A Maggot (1985).

Bibliography

See his The Journals, Vol. I, 1949–1965 (2005), Vol. II, 1966–1990 (2006); biography by E. Warburton (2004); D. L. Vipond, ed., Conversations with John Fowles (1999); studies by P. Wolf (1979), D. Pifer, ed. (1986), C. M. Barnum (1988), K. Tarbox (1989), P. Cooper (1991), T. C. Foster (1994), J. Acheson (1998), and W. Stephenson (2003).

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Focusing primarily on three novels (although addressing at various points all of the work) of John Fowles, in The Recurrent Green Universe of John Fowles Wilson offers the first volume in the series.
Now these are all Tolkien scholars of repute, people whose work I respect, and all have published insightful and important scholarship on the Tolkien corpus, so what, we must ask, is going on here that we get comparison of Tolkien to John Fowles, John Gardner, Peter Lombard, and others?
Labour politicians Robin Cook and Coventry's own Mo Mowlam, author John Fowles, comedian Dave Allen, photographer Lord Lichfield, actor Sir John Mills, Soviet spy Melita Norwood, Edinburgh-born sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Americanborn car manufacturer John DeLorean and pantomime dame Jack Tripp were also placed on the list.
What is unfortunate, however, is that, in a book targeting the German reader, a number of recent studies written in German went unnoticed: groundbreaking texts such as Stefan Horlacher's book on John Fowles or Sarah Heinz's extensive analysis of A.
I've interviewed Dannii Minogue in bikini - her not me - Bernard Mannin in his underpants and John Fowles in nightie.
In sections on authority as a semblance, trauma and the act of creative repetition, and voices and nothing more, they consider such topics as a reading of The Ebony Tower by John Fowles, re-writing the fetish in Angela Carter's tales, the aesthetics of stitching up in The God of Small Things by Arundati Roy, Jeannette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping or how to invent a story already written, metafictional reprising in Dark as the Grave Wherein my Friend is Laid, and Thomas Hardy and the biblical intertext.
And her favorite English author is John Fowles, a master of mystification in modern literature.
It reminded me of a mystical Greek island setting in a John Fowles novel.
His archive will reside at the Ransom Center alongside the archives of such contemporaries as Julian Barnes, John Fowles and Barry Unsworth, who like Crace are recognised as great craftsmen.
According to a Hollywood executive, there are discussions of making a fresh adaptation of the 1969 novel by the late John Fowles with the BBC.
Other notable people who have been added to the dictionary alongside Callaghan include Sir Edward Heath, Robin Cook, Mo Mowlam, Ronnie Barker, John Fowles and Patrick Lichfield.
I've interviewed Dannii Minogue in a bikini - her not me - Bernard Manning in his underpants and John Fowles in a nightie.