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John Fowles - Author

About the Author

John Fowles was born in 1926. He won international recognition with The Collector, his first published title, in 1963. He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power, and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works: The Aristos, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, and A Maggot. John Fowles died in Lyme Regis in 2005. Two volumes of his Journals have recently been published; the first in 2003, the second in 2006.

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Magus

Magus

Author: John Fowles Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

Nicholas Urfe, a young British graduate, runs away from his monotonous life to take up a teaching post on the small Greek island of Phraxos. There he meets the enigmatic figure of Maurice Conchis, and slowly gets drawn into a world full of strange encounters and psychological tricks on Conchis's estate at Bourani. When Conchis introduces Nicholas to the enchanting and mysterious Lily Montgomery, reality and illusion begin to intertwine. But what strange game is Conchis playing with Nicholas? And, in this world coloured by artifice and deception, who is really telling him the truth?First published in 1965, John Fowles's novel The Magus soon gained cult status. Now acclaimed dramatist and screenwriter Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn, The Go-Between, Peter and Wendy, The Musketeers, Survivors, Primeval) has adapted the novel for this new dramatisation starring Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) as Nicholas Urfe, Charles Dance (And Then There Were None, Game of Thrones) as Maurice Conchis, and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Brideshead Revisited) as Lily.Produced and directed by Heather Larmour.

The Tree

The Tree

Author: John Fowles, William Fiennes Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2016

John Fowles' writing life was dominated by trees. From the orchards of his childhood in suburban Essex,to the woodlands of wartime Devon, to his later life on the Dorset coast, trees filled his imagination and enriched his many acclaimed and best-selling novels.Told through his lifelong relationship with trees, blending autobiography, literary criticism, philosophy and nature writing, The Tree is a masterly, powerful work that laid the literary foundations for nature-as-memoir, a genre which has seen recent flourishings in Roger Deakin's Wildwood, Richard Mabey's Nature Cure, Robert Macfarlane's The Old Ways and Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk.As lyrical and precise as his novels, The Tree is a provocative meditation on the connection between the natural world and human creativity, and also a rejection of the idea that nature should be tamed for human purpose. Now, nearly forty years after its first publication, Little Toller is proud to republish this classic book as a special hardback, featuring a new foreword by William Fiennes and especially commissioned wood engravings,in the spirit of The Man Who Planted Trees.This edition will be an important addition to Fowles' published works and appeal to the growing audience for new nature writing as a classic of the genre.

Magicianul

Magicianul

Author: John Fowles Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Traducere de Livia Deac si Mariana Chitoran. Cu un cuvant inainte al autorului. Editia a II-a revizuita.Romanul a fost ecranizat in 1968 cu Michael Caine Anthony Quinn si Candice Bergen in rolurile principale.Plasata intr-o insula greceasca actiunea romanului Magicianul pivoteaza in jurul tanarului profesor de engleza Nicholas Urfe supus la un lung sir de incercari - prin spectaculoase jocuri cu masti si psihodrame in care abunda fantasmele erotice si manipularea istoriei - de catre magicianul"e; Conchis.Magicianul este o realizare literara de inalta clasa."e; (Anthony Burges)

Colectionarul

Colectionarul

Author: John Fowles Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Romanul Colectionarul a inspirat o ecranizare de succes in regia lui William Wyler de trei ori nominalizata la premiile Oscar si castigatoare a Globului de Aur.Colectionarul primul roman al lui John Fowles este o carte cu o conceptie absolut originala despre pasiunea unui functionar neinsemnat. Un tanar timid asocial el este usor-usor cuprins de nevinovata bucurie de a colectiona obiecte. Odata cu primirea unei mosteniri consistente mica lui placere ia proportii si ajunge treptat sa-i domine viata. Destinul sau capata o intorsatura neobisnuita atunci cand rapeste si sechestreaza o studenta la Arte Frumoase incercand sa stabileasca astfel o legatura afectiva imposibila intre el si victima.

Iubita locotenentului francez

Iubita locotenentului francez

Author: John Fowles Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Editia a II-aTraducere din limba engleza si note de Mioara Tapalaga Romanul lui John Fowles a inspirat o celebra ecranizare cu Meryl Streep si Jeremy Irons in rolurile principale. Filmul Iubita locotenentului francez aparut in 1981 a fost de cinci ori nominalizat la Oscar si a cistigat doua premii BAFTA. Iubita locotenentului francez romanul cel mai cunoscut al lui Fowles este o emotionanta poveste de iubire. O carte despre tinerete despre frumusetea vietii si despre libertatea de a alege. Plasata in jurul anului 1867 actiunea romanului pune in cumpana libertatea viziunii de la sfirsitul anilor ’60 ai secolului XX cu atitudinile severe ale perioadei victoriene din urma cu o suta de ani. Romanul evoca in chip convingator atmosfera conventiilor rigide a emotiilor reprimate iar punctul culminant indelung aminat al relatiei celor trei protagonisti sporeste si mai mult interesul cititorului.

Jurnale

Jurnale

Author: John Fowles Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Volumul reuneste cele mai reprezentative fragmente din jurnalul inceput de John Fowles in 1949, cand era inca student la Oxford, si tinut fara intrerupere mai bine de o jumatate de secol. Jurnalul cuprinde insemnari despre experientele din anii petrecuti ca profesor in Franta si apoi pe insula greceasca Spetses, despre relatiile sale amoroase si casatoria furtunoasa cu Elizabeth sau despre intoarcerea in Anglia si eforturile uriase de a-si construi o cariera literara. Fowles vorbeste cu onestitate despre succesul cunoscut dupa publicarea romanelor Colectionarul si Magicianul, despre relatiile cu alti scriitori, cu editorii sau regizorii care s-au ocupat de ecranizarea romanelor sale, dar si despre retragerea in casa de langa Lyme Regis si dezamagirea tot mai profunda pe care i-o pricinuiesc o lume dezbracata de magie si o societate din ce in ce mai materialista.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2012

Mantissa

Mantissa

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Miles Green wakes up in a mysterious hospital with no idea of how he got there or who he is. He definitely doesn't remember his wife, or his children's names. An impossibly shapely specialist doctor tells him his memory nerve-centre is connected to sexual activity, and calls in the even shapelier Nurse Cory to assist with treatment... In the most unorthodox of hospital rooms we eavesdrop on the serious discourse, virulent abuse and hilarious mockery of the erotic guerilla war that is Mantissa.

The Journals Volume 2

The Journals Volume 2

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

The first volume of John Fowles's Journals ended with him achieving international literary renown after the publication of The Collector and The Magus, and leaving London behind to live in a remote house near Lyme Regis. This final volume charts the rewards and struggles of his continuing literary career, but at the same time reveals the often reluctant celebrity behind the outward success. Enjoying a reputation as one of the world's leading novelists, Fowles wins enormous wealth, kudos and attention, has the satisfaction of seeing The French Lieutenant's Woman turned into a highly acclaimed Hollywood film, but none the less comes to regard his fame with deep ambivalence. It cannot repair the growing strains between himself and his wife Elizabeth, who does not share his taste for rural isolation, nor can it cure the disenchantment he feels for an increasingly materialist society. This concluding volume of the Journals marks a writer's continuing quest for wisdom and self-understanding.

The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2004

The perfect gift for Valentine's Day Charles Smithson, a respectable engaged man, meets Sarah Woodruff as she stands on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, staring out to sea. Charles falls in love, but Sarah is a disgraced woman, and their romance will defy all the stifling conventions of the Victorian age. Widely acclaimed since publication, this is the best-loved of John Fowles' novels.

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2004

Set internationally and spanning three decades, Daniel Martin is, among other things, an exploration of what it is to be English. Daniel is a screenwriter working in Hollywood, who finds himself dissatisfied with his career and with the person he has become. In a richly evoked narrative, Daniel travels home to reconcile with a dying friend, and also to visit his own forgotten past in an attempt to discover himself.

The Collector

The Collector

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

The Aristos

The Aristos

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Two years after The Collector had brought him international recognition and a year before he published The Magus, John Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos. The chief inspiration behind them was the fifth century BC philosopher Heraclitus. In the world he posited of constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was the Aristos, 'of a person or thing, the best or most excellent its kind'.'What I was really trying to define was an ideal of human freedom (the Aristos) in an unfree world,' wrote Fowles in 1965. He called a materialistic and over-conforming culture to reckoning with his views on a myriad of subjects - pleasure and pain, beauty and ugliness, Christianity, humanism, existentialism, socialism

The Tree

The Tree

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2000

In this series of moving recollections involving both his childhood and his work as a mature artist, John Fowles explains the impact of nature on his life and the dangers inherent in our traditional urge to categorise, to tame and ultimately to possess the landscape. This acquisitive drive leads to alienation and an antagonism to the apparent disorder and randomness of the natural world. For John Fowles the tree is the best analogue of prose fiction, symbolising the wild side of our psyche, and he stresses the importance in art of the unpredictable, the unaccountable and the intuitive. This fascinating text gives a unique insight into the author and offers the key to a true understanding of the inspiration for his work.

Wormholes

Wormholes

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/1999

Here, for the first time, is a riveting collection of Fowles's fugitive and intensely personal writings composed sinced 1963, ranging from essays and literary criticism to commentaries, autobiographical statements, memoirs and musings. Wormholes is a delicious sampling of the various matters that have plagued, preoccupied, or delighted Fowles throughout his life; it is a rich mine of essays as art and a `geography' of the mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest novelists.

The Ebony Tower

The Ebony Tower

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/1996

The Ebony Tower is a series of novellas, rich in imagery, exploring the nature of art. In the title story, a journalist visiting a celebrated but reclusive painter is intrigued by the elderly artist's relationship with two beautiful young women. John Fowles reputation as a master storyteller was further advanced by this collection, which echoed themes and preoccupations from his other books.

A Maggot

A Maggot

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/1996

In his prologue, John Fowles tells us that A Maggot began as a vision he had of five travellers riding with mysterious purpose through remote countryside. This image gives way to another - a hanging corpse with violets stuffed in its mouth - which leads us into a maze of beguiling paths and wrong turnings, disappearances and revelations, unaccountable motives and cryptic deeds, as this compelling mystery swerves towards a starling vision at its centre.

Ourika

Ourika

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/1994

Ourika relates the experiences of a Senegalese girl who is rescued from slavery and raised by an aristocratic French family during the French Revolution.

A Short History of Lyme Regis

A Short History of Lyme Regis

Author: John Fowles Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/1991