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David Lodge was born in London in 1935. He was educated at University College London, where he took his BA degree in 1955 and his MA in 1959. In between he did National Service in the British Army. He holds a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, where he taught in the English Department from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to become a full-time writer. He retains the title of Honorary Professor of Modern English Literature at Birmingham and continues to live in that city.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Photograph Â© Arturo Patten
'I drew my first breath on the 28th of January 1935, which was quite a good time for a future writer to be born in England...' The only child in a lower-middle-class London family, who got his artistic genes from his musician father and his Catholic faith from his Irish-Belgian mother, David Lodge was four when World War II began and grew to maturity through decades of great social and cultural change, giving him plenty to write about in his distinguished career. In this memoir of his life up to the publication of his breakthrough book, Changing Places, David looks back over his childhood and youth, including his undergraduate years at University College London, where he met Mary, his future wife, in freshers' week. After National Service, and two years' postgraduate research, married at last and soon a father, he struggles to make a start as both novelist and academic, until a lucky break brings him a job at the University of Birmingham and a stimulating friendship with a colleague of similar ambition, Malcolm Bradbury. A promising career anchored on a happy marriage opens up, full of opportunities for travel, enjoyment of exciting new trends and interesting new friends, but also intertwined with unexpected setbacks and challenges, both professional and personal. Candid, witty and insightful, illuminating both the author and his work, Quite a Good Time to be Born gives a fascinating picture of a period of transition in British society and the evolution of a writer who has become a classic in his own lifetime.
This is a collection of essays on writers and writing by the Booker-shortlisted novelist and critic. Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary. In these thoughtful and enlightening essays David Lodge considers some particularly interesting examples of life-writing, and contributes several of his own. The subjects include celebrated modern British writers such as Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis, Muriel Spark and Alan Bennett, and two major figures from the past, Anthony Trollope and H.G.Wells. Lodge examines connections between the style and the man in the diaries of the playwright Simon Gray and the cultural criticism of Terry Eagleton, and recalls how his own literary career was entwined with that of his friend Malcolm Bradbury. All except one of the subjects (Princess Diana) are or were themselves professionally in writing , making this collection a kind of casebook of the splendours and miseries of authorship. In a final essay Lodge describes the genesis and compositional method of his recent novel about H.G.Wells, A Man of Parts, and engages with the critical controversies that have been provoked by the increasing popularity of narrative and dramatic writing that combines fact and fiction. Drawing on David Lodge's long experience as a novelist and critic, Lives in Writing is a fascinating study of the interface between life and literature.
Bestselling author of eleven novels, mostly with an academic or satirical background, tackles something very different – the waning years of the novelist Henry James’ life as he turns to play writing in a fascinating portrait of the literary and theatrical world of late Victorian England. Chosen by many, from P J Kavanagh to Ruth Rendell, as their book of the year last Christmas, it is a very fine work indeed, moving, highly accessible and beautifully written; just great David Lodge writing.Comparison: Colm Tóibín, and not historical, William Boyd, Jonathan Coe.Similar this month: Iain Pears, Tash Aw.
'A superb demonstration of the fact that a serious professional criticism can be focused close a genuine creative career, that the two activities are not distinct but lie in one field. That field requires all the resources of intelligence, moral humanity and logic: and these are the qualities that come out in this book in full measure. ' Malcolm Bradbury, New Society 'We are conscious of ourselves as unique, historic individuals, living together in societies by virtue of certain common assumptions and methods of communication; we are conscious that our sense of identity, of happiness and unhappiness, is defined by small things as well as large; we seek to adjust our lives, individually and communally, to some order or system of values which, however, we know is always at the mercy of chance and contingency. It is this sense of reality which realism imitates; and it seems likely that the latter will survive as long as the former.' - David Lodge, The Novelist at the Crossroads The Novelist at the Crossroads contains some of the sharpest and most insightful pieces of David Lodge's literary criticism, spanning the topics of fiction and Catholicism, modernism and utopia. From the titular essay, where Lodge defends a critical pluralism, to the concluding chapter where he identifies three types of critic - the 'academic', the 'creative writer' and the 'freelancer' - the essays exhibit Lodge's acknowledgement of human beings as fragile yet resourceful and are shot through with a characteristic liberal humanism. The most revealing parts of the book, however, are Lodge's critical appraisals of writers as diverse as Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, William Burroughs, Samuel Beckett , HG Wells and John Updike. The book also includes Lodge's short story, The Man Who Wouldn't Get Up.
'A wonderfully candid and insightful account of a writer's life' William Boyd Luck, good or bad, plays an important part in a writer's career. In 1976 Lodge was pursuing a 'twin-track career' as novelist and academic but the balancing act was increasingly difficult, and he became a full-time writer just before he published his bestselling novel Nice Work. Readers of Lodge's novels will be fascinated by the insights this book gives - not only into his professional career but also more personal experience, such as his growing scepticism of his Catholic religion and the challenges of parenting. Anyone who is interested in learning about the creative process and about the life of a writer will find Writer's Luck a candid and entertaining guide.
'The professor, the critic and the novelist work in harmony to provide a valuable tutorial on modern fiction' Observer How does the novel represent human consciousness on the page? In eleven sparkling essays on some of the great novelists of the last 200 years - from Charles Dickens to Martin Amis, Henry James to Philip Roth - David Lodge pursues this question with characteristic verve and wit. One of the best novelists and critics of his generation, Lodge is the perfect guide to look afresh at the mysterious workings of the creative mind.
Helen Reed, a novelist in her early forties, still grieving for her husband who died suddenly a year before, is a visiting teacher of creative writing at a university where Ralph Messenger, a cognitive scientist with a special interest in Artificial Intelligence and an incorrigible womaniser, is director of a prestigious research institute. He is an atheist and a materialist; she is a Catholic who has lost her faith but still yearns for the consolations of religion. Ralph is attracted to Helen and she, in spite of her principles, to him. They argue about the nature of human consciousness, and the different ways it is examined in science and literature, as she resists with weakening resolution Ralph's efforts to seduce her. David Lodge has distilled the story of his acclaimed novel Thinks... to create a witty and absorbing drama about a moral, emotional and intellectual struggle between two exceptional people.
The first collection of short stories from one of Britain's finest novelists and critics A nameless man who has fallen out of love with life, refuses to get out of bed, with unexpected consequences. A sociologist recalls how he learned his first and formative lesson about the oppressive power of capitalism selling newspapers and magazines up and down the platforms of Waterloo station. Some years before the era of the Pill and the Permissive Society, four university friends travel to the Mediterranean for their first holiday together, where the climate is sultry and sex is on everyone's mind. And a strong-willed young woman defies adverse circumstances to pursue the perfect wedding at all costs. These are some of the characters that populate David Lodge's shrewd, funny and delightfully entertaining short stories, collected here for the very first time. What prompted their publication in this form is a short story in itself, told by the author in his Foreword. LONGLISTED FOR THE EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE 2017
Veriga centrala a unei trilogii Ce mica-i lumea!"e; s-a bucurat de o excelenta primire din partea criticii si a publicului larg fiind nominalizata la Premiul Booker pe anul 1984 si ulterior ecranizata sub forma de serial de televiziune in 1988.Continuand investigarea mediului universitar inceputa dupa al doilea razboi mondial de Kingsley Amis si Malcom Bradbury David Lodge si-a propus sa prezinte o satira vesela a campusului global o comedie de moravuri academice"e;. Pelerinajul in forma lui laica postmoderna cautarea Graal-ului (faima banii femeia iubita) motivul carpe diem si cel al inocentei seduse motivul copilului abandonat si al falsei identitati comedia erorilor provocata de existenta unui cuplu de gemene sunt doar cateva dintre ingredientele unui text in care cititorii vor avea prilejul sa urmareasca cu sufletul la gura noile aventuri ale profesorilor Philip Swalow si Morris Zapp protagonistii Schimbului de dame"e;.
Traducere si note de Radu Pavel GheoPolly Dennis Angela Adrian impreuna cu ceilalti prieteni si colegi de scoala sunt legati de traditie si de dogmele Bisericii Catolice dar in acelasi timp simt tentatiile societatii libertine - aparitia pilulei anticonceptionale disparitia iadului si crearea organizatiei Catolici pentru o Biserica Deschisa. In anii ’60 lucrurile urmau sa se schimbe radical. Era inevitabil. Totusi... Totusi cat pot sa-ntinda coarda? Pana unde isi pot permite sa mearga? Si unde se vor opri daca se vor opri vreodata?Incredibil de comica. O carte magnifica!"e; (Graham Greene)
Traducere de Radu Pavel GheoAfara din adapost este probabil romanul lui David Lodge cu cele mai multe elemente autobiografice. Timothy Young personajul central al cartii este un baietel britanic obisnuit ce traieste sub teroarea bombardamentelor germane din cel de-al doilea razboi mondial si apoi (in ciuda faptului ca Anglia castigase razboiul) in epoca de austeritate"e; de rationalizare a alimentelor si a celorlalte produse o perioada cenusie din istoria Marii Britanii. Confruntat cu perspectiva unei adolescente monotone Timothy are insa o sansa care ii va oferi o experienta de neuitat: sora lui mai mare Kath ajunge secretara la o unitate americana din Germania ocupata si isi invita fratele sa petreaca vacanta de vara alaturi de ea. Din acest moment viata lui Timothy devine brusc extrem de captivanta.
Romanul descrie o perioada decisiva din viata lui Henry James, cind cariera scriitorului parea sa se indrepte spre un esec, totul culminind cu fiascoul reprezentat de prima sa piesa, Guy Domville. In centrul romanului se afla prietenia eroului cu scriitorul George Du Maurier (bunicul lui Daphne, autoarea romanului Rebecca), cel care-i ofera, din camaraderie, subiectul unei proze. Cind James ezita sa utilizeze acest subiect, Du Maurier scrie el insusi cartea, ce devine imediat un bestseller. Du Maurier nu reuseste sa se apere insa de pericolele pe care succesul le implica, pe cind James primeste imboldul creator ce-l va face sa ofere lumii romane ca Ambasadorii, Washington Square, Portretul unei doamne etc. Autorul, la rampa! este un roman plin de spirit si de intelegere pentru natura umana, marcat de o putere a imaginatiei lipsita de ostentatie. Lodge a compus o excelenta tragicomedie pe tema catharsisului in literatura si a pretului platit in schimbul sau.
Pe planeta e loc suficient pentru toate tipurile de complexati. Insa Laurence Passmore face figura aparte. Drama lui, daca drama e, consta in neputinta de a fi multumit, oricit de bine i-ar merge. Confortul material, stabilitatea si relativa faima mediatica nu inseamna nimic daca nu-i alina durerea de genunchi. Iar daca nu mai exista solutii, ramin oricum terapiile. Poti sa-ti rezolvi prin ele tot ceea ce viata iti refuza. Sau cel putin poti s-o crezi. In plus, sint terapii care - exploatate cum trebuie - te scot din universul strimt al orasului si te transforma intr-un picaro modern, capabil sa bata lumea in lung si-n lat doar ca sa afle raspunsul la o intrebare simpla. Fireste, ca sa poti face dintr-o iubire frustrata si din obsesia pentru Kierkegaard subiect de comedie e nevoie sa fii David Lodge: inventiv, surprinzator si - cind e cazul - sardonic.
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism is a major anthology of key representative works by fifty leading modern literary critics writing before the structuralist revolution. It is a companion volume to Modern Criticism and Theory (Longman 1988), also edited by David Lodge, which anthologises contemporary criticism as it has developed through structuralism and post-structuralist theory. Together these volumes provide the most comprehensive survey available of traditional and radical literary theory in action. The critics collected together in this volume have been drawn from England, America and Europe, and each essay has been prefaced by an editor's introduction which suggests the historical and methodological significance of the piece and gives bibliographical and biographical information. This writers collected are: M. H. Abrams, W. B. Yeats, Sigmund Freud,Henry James, Ezra Pound, T. S Eliot, Virginia Woolf, T.E. Hulme, I. A. Richards, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, William Empson, G. Wilson Hight, C. G. Jung, Maud Bodkin, Christopher Caudwell, L. C. Knights, John Crowe Ransom, Edmund Wilson, Paul Valery, D. W. Harding, Lionel Trilling, Cleanth Brooks, Yvor Wiinters, Erich Auerbach, W. K. Wimsatt and Monroe C. Beardsley, George Orwell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mark Schorer, Francis Fergusson, Northrop Frye, C. S. Lewis, Leslie Fielder, Alain Robbe-Grillet, George Lukacs, Richard Hoggart, Walter J. Ong, Norman O. Brown, Ian Watt, Claude Levi-Strauss, Rene Welleck, Wayne Booth, Raymond Williams, R. S. Crane, Marshall McLuhan, George Steiner, Susan Sontag, W. H. Auden, Frank Kermode.
Un adevarat regal autobiografic, Nascut intr-un ceas bun surprinde toate ipostazele, umane sau profesionale, ale personalitatii lui David Lodge. Celebrul romancier isi urmareste fara inhibitii si prejudecati prima jumatate a vietii, copilaria petrecuta sub permanenta amenintare a razboiului, anii de scoala si apoi de colegiu, la University College of London, si perioada serviciului militar, urmata de relatia de lunga durata si casatoria cu frumoasa Mary Jacob. El vorbeste cu cea mai mare sinceritate despre convingerile religioase care-l anima, despre interesul pentru scriitori precum James Joyce, Graham Greene sau Evelyn Waugh, care au trezit in el dorinta de a scrie, dar si despre prieteniile cu scriitori importanti ai vremii, precum Malcolm Bradbury, Park Honan sau Leonard Michaels.
'I drew my first breath on the 28th of January 1935, which was quite a good time for a future writer to be born in England...' The only child in a lower-middle-class London family, David Lodge inherited his artistic genes from his musician father and his Catholic faith from his Irish-Belgian mother. Four years old when World War II began, David grew to maturity through decades of great social and cultural change - giving him plenty to write about. Candid, witty and insightful, Quite a Good Time to be Born illuminates a period of transition in British society, and charts the evolution of a writer whose works have become classics in his own lifetime.
Welcome to the Palladium, Brickley. Once the grandest music-hall south of the river, now its peeling foyer is home to stale popcorn, a depressed manager, and a cast of disparate picturegoers who touch and shape each other's destinies. Amongst them is Mark, the cynical intellectual who seeks sensuality and finds spirituality; Clare, his girlfriend, who loses faith and discovers passion; Father Kipling, the scandalized priest; and Harry, the sexually frustrated Teddy boy. In his astutely observed first novel, David Lodge ushers in a congregation of characters whose hopes, confusions and foibles play out alongside the celluloid fantasies of the silver screen.
Language of Fiction was the first book of criticism by the renowned novelist and critic David Lodge. His uniquely informed perspective - he was already the author of three successful novels at the time of its first publication in 1966 - and lucid exposition meant that the work proved a landmark of literary criticism, not least because it succeeded in communicating a radically new vision of English literature to a readership that reached well beyond the bounds of the academy. Now reissued with a new foreword, this major work from the pen of one of England's finest living writers is essential reading for all those who care about the creation and appreciation of literature.
The Modes of Modern Writing tackles some of the fundamental questions we all encounter when studying or reading literature, such as: what is literature? What is realism? What is relationship between form and content? And what dictates the shifts in literary fashions and tastes? In answering these questions, the book examines texts by a wide range of modern novelists and poets, including James Joyce, T.S.Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett and Philip Larkin, and draws on the work of literary theorists from Roman Jakobson to Roland Barthes. Written in Lodge's typically accessible style this is essential reading for students and lovers of literature at any level. The Bloomsbury Revelations edition includes a new Foreword/Afterword by the author.