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David Lodge - Author

About the Author

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 © Arturo Patten

Featured books by David Lodge

Quite A Good Time to be Born A Memoir: 1935-1975

Quite A Good Time to be Born A Memoir: 1935-1975

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2015

'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.

Lives in Writing

Lives in Writing

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2015

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.

Other books by David Lodge

Writer's Luck A Memoir: 1976-1991

Writer's Luck A Memoir: 1976-1991

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2019

David Lodge's frank and illuminating memoir about the years where he found great success as a novelist and critic. Luck plays an important part in the careers of writers. In this book David Lodge explores how his work was inspired and affected by unpredictable events in his life. In 1976 Lodge was pursuing a `twin-track career' as novelist and academic. As a literary critic, he made serious contributions to the subject, before carnivalising it in his comic-satiric novel Small World. The balancing act between his two professions was increasingly difficult to maintain, and he became a full-time writer just before he published his bestselling novel Nice Work. Both books were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in which he was later involved as Chairman of the judges. 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. The main focus, however, is on writing as a vocation. Anyone who is interested in learning about the creative process, about the dual nature of the novel as both work of art and commodity, will find Writer's Luck a candid and entertaining guide.

Consciousness And The Novel

Consciousness And The Novel

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2018

'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.

Writer's Luck A Memoir: 1976-1991

Writer's Luck A Memoir: 1976-1991

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

David Lodge's frank and illuminating memoir about the years where he found great success as a novelist and critic. Luck plays an important part in the careers of writers. In this book David Lodge explores how his work was inspired and affected by unpredictable events in his life. In 1976 Lodge was pursuing a `twin-track career' as novelist and academic. As a literary critic, he made serious contributions to the subject, before carnivalising it in his comic-satiric novel Small World. The balancing act between his two professions was increasingly difficult to maintain, and he became a full-time writer just before he published his bestselling novel Nice Work. Both books were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in which he was later involved as Chairman of the judges. 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. The main focus, however, is on writing as a vocation. Anyone who is interested in learning about the creative process, about the dual nature of the novel as both work of art and commodity, will find Writer's Luck a candid and entertaining guide.

The Man Who Wouldn't Get Up and Other Stories

The Man Who Wouldn't Get Up and Other Stories

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2016

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

Ce mica e lumea!

Ce mica e lumea!

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

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;.

Cit sa-ntindem coarda

Cit sa-ntindem coarda

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

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)

Afara din adapost

Afara din adapost

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

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.

Autorul, la rampa!

Autorul, la rampa!

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

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.

Terapia

Terapia

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

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 A Reader

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism A Reader

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2016

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.

Nascut intr-un ceas bun. Memorii (1935-1975)

Nascut intr-un ceas bun. Memorii (1935-1975)

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 15/03/2016

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.

Quite A Good Time to be Born A Memoir: 1935-1975

Quite A Good Time to be Born A Memoir: 1935-1975

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

'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.

The Picturegoers

The Picturegoers

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

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.

The Language of Fiction Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

The Language of Fiction Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2015

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 Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Typology of Modern Literature

The Modes of Modern Writing Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Typology of Modern Literature

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

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.

Lives in Writing

Lives in Writing

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2015

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.

The Year of Henry James The story of a novel: With other essays on the genesis, composition and reception of literary fiction

The Year of Henry James The story of a novel: With other essays on the genesis, composition and reception of literary fiction

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

In 2004, Henry James featured as a character in no less than three novels - David Lodge's Author, Author was one of them. With insightful and amusing candour, here he traces the history of his book from conception to publication, pondering the mystery - and indeed the anguish - of so many novels about James appearing at the same time. Lodge's reflections on his own creative practice are accompanied by studies of the genesis, composition and reception of key works by James himself, as well as other novelists from George Eliot to Vladimir Nabokov, and J.M. Coetzee to Graham Greene.

Good Housekeeping  Modern Voices

Good Housekeeping Modern Voices

Author: David Lodge Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2013

Three hilarious short stories by David Lodge showing changing sexual mores over 50 years with an Afterword by the author describing the provenance of each story.

A Man of Parts

A Man of Parts

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2012

A MAN OF CONTRADICTIONS. A MAN OF PASSION. A MAN OF THE FUTURE. Sequestered in his blitz-battered Regent's Park house in 1944, the ailing Herbert George Wells, 'H.G.' to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women. Charting his unpromising start as a draper's assistant to his rapid rise to fame as a writer with a prophetic imagination, his immersion in socialist politics and his belief in and practice of free love, A Man of Parts is an astonishing novel of passion, ambition and controversy.

Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene Journeys with Saints and Sinners

Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene Journeys with Saints and Sinners

Author: David Lodge, Monica Ali Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

Informative, broad-ranging, this title sheds new light on the life and literary art of one of the last century's most celebrated authors. The first volume to be authorized by the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene brings together writers, journalists and scholars to investigate as well as to assess Greene's prolific oeuvre and intense personal interests. Here the reader may explore everything from Greene's Vienna at the time of the filming of The Third Man to his sometimes fraught relationship with Evelyn Waugh, from Greene's unconventional fictional treatment of women to his believing skepticism . While Greene often informed friends that a ruling passion gives to a shelf of novels the unity of a system , critics of his literary art have found it extraordinarily difficult to define the content of this ruling passion . Perhaps this is because Greene's own character seems so paradoxical, ironic even. Moreover, in believing that sin contains within itself the seeds of saintliness, he consistently loiters on what Robert Browning calls the dangerous edge of things . In exploring this dangerous edge , this book covers the full breadth of Greene's life and literary career.

The Campus Trilogy

The Campus Trilogy

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

'One of the very best English comic novelists of the post-war era' Time Out The plot lines of The Campus Trilogy, radiating from its hub at the redbrick University of Rummidge, trace the comic adventures of academics who move outside familiar territory. Beginning in the late 60s Changing Places follows the undistinguished English lecturer Philip Swallow and hotshot American professor Morris Zapp as they exchange jobs, habitats and eventually wives. Small World sees Swallow, Zapp, Persse McGarrigle and the beautiful Angelica Pabst jet-set about the international conference scene, combining academic infighting and tourism, esoteric chat and romance. And finally, the feminist lecturer Robyn Penrose swaps the industrial novel for a hard hat in Nice Work as she shadows the factory boss Victor Wilcox. Sparks fly when their beliefs and lifestyles collide.

Secret Thoughts

Secret Thoughts

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

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.

Out Of The Shelter

Out Of The Shelter

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

The restrictions of a wartime childhood in in London and subsequent post-war shortages have done little to enrich Timothy's early youth. But everything changes when his glamorous older sister, Kath, invites him to spend the summer at Heidelberg. Kath, who left home long ago to work for the American army, introduces her sixteen-year-old brother to a lifestyle that is deliriously fast, furious and extravagant. Dazzled by the indulgent habits of the American forces, but at the same time sensitive to the broken spirits of the German community beneath this sparkling surface, Timothy will find that his summer holiday is in more ways than one an unforgettable rite of passage.

Paradise News

Paradise News

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Bernard Walsh, agnostic theologian, has a professional interest in heaven. But when he travels to Hawaii with his reluctant father Jack, to visit Jack's dying, estranged sister it feels more like purgatory than paradise. Surrounded by quarrelling honeymooners, a freeloading anthropologist and assorted tourists in search of their own personal paradise, and with his father whisked off to hospital after an unfortunate accident, Bernard is beginning to regret ever coming to Haiwaii. Until, that is, he stumbles on something he had given up hope of finding: the astonishing possibility of love.

How Far Can You Go?

How Far Can You Go?

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Polly, Dennis, Angela, Adrian and the rest are bound to lose their spiritual innocence as well as their virginities on the journey between university in the 1950s and the marriages, families, careers and deaths that follow. On the one hand there's Sex and then the Pill, on the other there is the traditional Catholic Church. In this razor-sharp novel David Lodge exposes the pressures that assailed Catholics everywhere within a more permissive society, and voices their eternal question: how far can you go?

Therapy

Therapy

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marraige, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst. As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment.

Ginger, You're Barmy

Ginger, You're Barmy

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

When it isn't prison, it's hell. Or at least that's the heartfelt belief of conscripts Jonathan Browne and Mike 'Ginger' Brady. For this is the British Army in the days of National Service, a grimy deposit of post-war gloom. An endless round of kit layout, square-bashing, shepherd's pie 'made with real shepherds' and drills is relieved only by the occasional lecture on firearms or V.D. The reckless, impulsive Mike and the more pragmatic Jonathan adopt radically different attitudes to survive this two-year confiscation of their freedom, with dramatic consequences

The Art of Fiction

The Art of Fiction

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

In this entertaining and enlightening collection David Lodge considers the art of fiction under a wide range of headings, drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James, Martin Amis, Jane Austen and James Joyce. Looking at ideas such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Magic Realism and Symbolism, and illustrating each topic with a passage taken from a classic or modern novel, David Lodge makes the richness and variety of British and American fiction accessible to the general reader. He provides essential reading for students, aspiring writers and anyone who wants to understand how fiction works.

The Practice of Writing

The Practice of Writing

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

In this absorbing volume, David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills onto his own profession, salutes the great writers who have influenced his work, wonders about the motives of biographers, ponders the merits of creative writing courses, pulls the rug from under certain theoretical critics and throws open the curtains on his own workshop.

Small World

Small World

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Philip Swallow, Morris Zapp, Persse McGarrigle and the lovely Angelica are the jet-propelled academics who are on the move, in the air and on the make in David Lodge's satirical Small World. It is a world of glamorous travel and high excitement, where stuffy lecture rooms are swapped for lush corners of the globe, and romance is in the air...

The British Museum Is Falling Down

The British Museum Is Falling Down

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

The British Museum is Falling Down is a brilliant comic satire of academia, religion and human entanglements. First published in 1965, it tells the story of hapless, scooter-riding young research student Adam Appleby, who is trying to write his thesis but is constantly distracted - not least by the fact that, as Catholics in the 1960s, he and his wife must rely on 'Vatican roulette' to avoid a fourth child.

Changing Places

Changing Places

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

When Philip Swallow and Professor Morris Zapp participate in their universities' Anglo-American exchange scheme, the Fates play a hand, and each academic finds himself enmeshed in the life of his counterpart on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Nobody is immune to the exchange: students, colleagues, even wives are swapped as events spiral out of control. And soon both sundrenched Euphoric State university and rain-kissed university of Rummidge are a hotbed of intrigue, lawlessness and broken vows...

Nice Work

Nice Work

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

When Vic Wilcox (MD of Pringle's engineering works) meets English lecturer Dr Robyn Penrose, sparks fly as their lifestyles and ideologies collide head on. What, after all, are they supposed to learn from each other? But in time both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other's worlds - and about themselves.

A Man of Parts

A Man of Parts

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2011

'The mind is a time machine that travels backwards in memory and forwards in prophecy, but he has done with prophecy now...' Sequestered in his blitz-battered Regent's Park house in 1944, the ailing Herbert George Wells, 'H.G.' to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women. Has it been a success or a failure? Once he was the most famous writer in the world, 'the man who invented tomorrow'; now he feels like yesterday's man, deserted by readers and depressed by the collapse of his utopian dreams. He recalls his unpromising start, and early struggles to acquire an education and make a living as a teacher; his rapid rise to fame as a writer with a prophetic imagination and a comic common touch which brought him into contact with most of the important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time; his plunge into socialist politics; his belief in free love, and energetic practice of it. Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences. Unfolding this astonishing story, David Lodge depicts a man as contradictory as he was talented: a socialist who enjoyed his affluence, an acclaimed novelist who turned against the literary novel; a feminist womaniser, sensual yet incurably romantic, irresistible and exasperating by turns, but always vitally human.

Readers Vintage People of Photo Postcards

Readers Vintage People of Photo Postcards

Author: David Lodge, Tom Phillips Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2010

To celebrate the acquisition of the Tom Phillips archive, the Bodleian Library has asked the artist to assemble and design a series of books drawing on his themed collection of over 50,000 photographic postcards. These encompass the first half of the twentieth century, a period in which, thanks to the ever cheaper medium of photography, `ordinary' people could afford to own their portraits. Readers shows people reading (or pretending to read) a wide variety of material from the Bible to Film Fun, either in the photographer's studio, in their own home or holidaying on the beach. This book contains 200 images chosen with the eye of a leading artist from a visually rich vein of social history. Their covers will also feature a thematically linked painting, especially created for each title, from Tom Phillips' signature work, A Humument.

Deaf Sentence

Deaf Sentence

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Retired Professor of Lingustics Desmond Bates is going deaf. It's a bother for his wife who has an enviably successful new career and is too busy to be endlessly repeating herself. Roles are reversed with his aging father, who resents his son's attempts to help him. And then there's Alex, a student whom Desmond has agreed to help after a typical misunderstanding at a party. But her increasingly bizarre requests cannot all be blamed on his defective hearing. So much for growing old gracefully...

Deaf Sentence

Deaf Sentence

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2008

When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. He misses the purposeful routine of the academic year, and has lost his appetite for research. His wife Winifred's late-flowering career goes from strength to strength, reducing his role to that of escort and househusband, while the rejuvenation of her appearance makes him uneasily conscious of the age gap between them. The monotony of his days is relieved only by wearisome journeys to London to check on the welfare of his eighty-nine-year-old father, an ex dance musician who stubbornly refuses to move from the house he is patently unable to live in with safety. But these discontents are nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke. It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behaviour threatens to destabilise his life completely. Funny and moving by turns, Deaf Sentence is a brilliant account of one man's effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality, the comedy and tragedy of human lives.

The Year of Henry James The Story of a Novel

The Year of Henry James The Story of a Novel

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

In 2004 three major novels featuring Henry James as a character were published - one of them went on to win the Booker Prize. It was not David Lodge's AUTHOR AUTHOR. In this fascinating new book, a kind of postscript to his novel, Lodge traces the conception, writing and publication of his book, and reveals with extraordinary candour and revealingly comic moments the poignancy and indeed anguish of discovering too late that others were working on the same subject, and the odd feelings of rivalry and jealousy that this engendered. The result is a wonderfully comic work with serious psychological and literary insights which suggestsnothing less than a short story by the Great Master, James, himself.

The Year of Henry James The story of a novel: With other essays on the genesis, composition and reception of literary fiction

The Year of Henry James The story of a novel: With other essays on the genesis, composition and reception of literary fiction

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2006

Where do novelists get their 'ideas' from? How do they develop an idea into a narrative with a specific and individual form? How far is the reception of a work of fiction conditioned by factors outside the writer's control? In the first part of this book, in revealing and often amusing reminiscence, David Lodge traces the history of his recent novel about Henry James, Author, Author, from the very first mention of the basic idea in his notebook, through the processes of research and writing, to the publication and reception of the finished book, which was adversely affected by the appearance of another novel on the same subject some six months earlier. These two were not the only novels inspired by Henry James in circulation in the year 2004, a phenomenon which Lodge sees with hindsight as 'a coincidence waiting to happen', with ironic consequences that the Master himself might have invented. The essays in the second part pursue the themes of genesis, composition and reception in the work of other novelists. There are studies of key works by James himself, H.G.Wells, Vladimir Nabokov, J.M.Coetzee and Umberto Eco, and essays on the literary sources of Graham Greene's imagination and on a significant anthology of the 'Best of Young American Novelists'. Collectively the contents of this book throw a brilliant light on the dominant literary form of the last two centuries, in its twin aspects as work of art and commodity.

Author, Author

Author, Author

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2004

In David Lodge's last novel, Thinks... the novelist Henry James was invisibly present in quotation and allusion. In Author, Author he is centre stage, sometimes literally. The story begins in December 1915, with the dying author surrounded by his relatives and servants, most of whom have private anxieties of their own, then loops back to the 1880s, to chart the course of Henry's 'middle years', focusing particularly on his friendship with the genial Punch artist and illustrator, George Du Maurier, and his intimate but chaste relationship with the American writer Constance Fenimore Woolson. By the end of the decade Henry is seriously worried by the failure of his books to 'sell', and decides to try and achieve fame and fortune as a playwright, at the same time that George Du Maurier, whose sight is failing, diversifies into writing novels. The consequences, for both men, are surprising, ironic, comic and tragic by turns, reaching a climax in the years 1894-5. As Du Maurier's Trilby, to the bewilderment of its author himself, becomes the bestseller of the century, Henry anxiously awaits the first night of his make-or-break play, Guy Domville ... Thronged with vividly drawn characters, some of them with famous names, others recovered from obscurity, Author, Author presents a fascinating panorama of literary and theatrical life in late Victorian England, which in many ways foreshadowed today's cultural mix of art, commerce and publicity. But it is essentially a novel about authorship - about the obsessions, hopes, dreams, triumphs and disappointments, of those who live by the pen - with, at its centre, an exquisite characterisation of one writer, rendered with remarkable empathy.

Consciousness and the Novel Connected Essays

Consciousness and the Novel Connected Essays

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2004

Human consciousness, long the province of literature, has lately come in for a remapping--even rediscovery--by the natural sciences, driven by developments in Artificial Intelligence, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. As the richest record we have of human consciousness, literature, David Lodge suggests, may offer a kind of understanding that is complementary, not opposed, to scientific knowledge. Writing with characteristic wit and brio, and employing the insight and acumen of a skilled novelist and critic, Lodge here explores the representation of human consciousness in fiction (mainly English and American) in light of recent investigations in the sciences. How does the novel represent consciousness? And how has this changed over time? In a series of interconnected essays, Lodge pursues these questions down various paths: How does the novel's method compare with that of other creative media such as film? How does the consciousness (and unconscious) of the creative writer do its work? And how can criticism infer the nature of this process through formal analysis? In essays on Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Kingsley and Martin Amis, Henry James, John Updike, and Philip Roth, and in reflections on his own practice as a novelist, Lodge is able to bring to light--and to engaging life--the technical, intellectual, and sometimes simply mysterious working of the creative mind.

Consciousness And The Novel

Consciousness And The Novel

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2002

Human consciousness, long the province of literature, has lately come in for a remapping - even rediscovery - by the natural sciences, driven by developments in Artificial Intelligence, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. But as the richest record we have of human consciousness, literature, David Lodge suggests, may offer a kind of knowledge about this phenomenon that is complementary, not opposed, to scientific knowledge. Writing with characteristic wit and brio, and employing the insight and acumen of a skilled novelist and critic, Lodge here explores the representation of human consciousness in fiction (mainly English and American) in the light of recent investigations in cognitive science, neuroscience, and related disciplines. How, Lodge asks, does the novel represent consciousness? And how has this changed over time? In a series of interconnected essays, he pursues this question down various paths: how does the novel's method compare with that of other creative media such as film? How does the consciousness (and unconscious) of the creative writer do its work? And how can criticism infer the nature of this process through formal analysis? In essays on Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Kingsley and Martin Amis, Henry James, John Updike and Philip Roth, and in reflections on his own practice as a novelist, Lodge brings to light - and to engaging life - the technical, intellectual and sometimes simply mysterious workings of the creative mind.

The Language of Fiction Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

The Language of Fiction Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2002

The Language of Fiction was the first book of criticism by the novelist David Lodge. In it he established a fresh approach to the appreciation of literature that focuses the reader's attention on the significance of language. This edition has a new foreword from David Lodge and includes in its entirety the comprehensive afterword from the 1984 edition.

The Language of Fiction Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

The Language of Fiction Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2002

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.

Thinks...

Thinks...

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2001

Ralf Messenger enjoys the affluent lifestyle afforded by his position as director of Holt Belling Centre for Cognitive Science. When he meets Helen Reed, a distinguished novelist, a stand-off between them is formed by their mutual attraction for each other under impossible circumstances, but all that is about to change...

Home Truths a Novella

Home Truths a Novella

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/1999

Adrian Ludlow, a novelist with a distinguished reputation and a book on the 'A' level syllabus, is now seeking obscurity in a cottage beneath the Gatwick flight path. His university friend Sam Sharp, who has become a successful screen writer, drops in on the way to Los Angeles, fuming over a vicious profile of himself by Fanny Tarrant, one of the new breed of Rottweiler interviews, in a Sunday newspaper. Together they decide to take revenge on the interviewer, though Adrian is risking what he values most: his privacy. David Lodge's dazzling novella examines with wit and insight the contemporary culture of celebrity and the conflict between the solitary activity of writing and the demands of the media circus. 'Sharp, intelligent, surprising and fun' THE TIMES.

The Practice of Writing

The Practice of Writing

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/1996

First published in 1996, this is a collection of entertaining and thought-provoking essays on the relationship between creative writing, the teaching of the same and the task of dramatizing literary works for television and the stage. Sends the reader back to writers' works (including Mr. Lodge's own) with a renewed appreciation of what makes them tick and why (New York Times) These essays, so easy in manner, so well-built and informative, offer a fine blend of creative writing and criticism...The essays on writers who have meant most to him as a novelist, notably Graham Greene (on whom nobody has written better) and Joyce, are brilliant (Sunday Times).

Jane Austen: Emma

Jane Austen: Emma

Author: David Lodge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/1991

David Lodge's Emma was one of the first Macmillan Casebooks and has proved one of the most popular. Three new essays have been added in this new edition, reflecting new critical approaches such as feminism and deconstruction. The new material complements the classic studies by critics such as Arnold Kettle and Lionel Trilling. A revised and extended introduction puts the changing interpretation of Jane Austen's novel in historical context and, together with an updated Bibliography, directs the student to useful further reading.

Write On Occasional Essays

Write On Occasional Essays

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/1986

Novelist, critic, lecturer, reviewer, man-about-conferences, David Lodge, as both analyst and practitioner, is one of our foremost experts in the forms of fiction. He is also an uncommonly sympathetic and informed observer of the passing scene, and his penetrating vision is set in a consistently ironic frame. David Lodge's humour can be a devastating weapon, but it is continually engaging because as often as not the sniper's sights are trained on the author himself, and on the curiously mobile, cosmopolitan yet specialist world he inhabits. The essays and reviews collected in this volume are selected from the occasional writings over a span of twenty years, and are all prompted by an impulse - or an invitation - to write on some specific topic: a book, a film, an anniversary, a trip abroad. They also reflect the drive of the professional to keep writing, to keep the muscles of composition exercised. The pieces collected here are designed for a wide audience, and most focus, in more or less direct ways, on Lodge's own work as a novelist. Enthusiasts will take especial pleasure in discovering sources for episodes from his novels, in tracing how reality mutates into fiction - or how on occasion, the process works the other way round.

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