The Journals: Volume 1
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Long before The Collector, back in the 40’s as an Oxford student, Fowles kept a journal and continued to do so for the next half century. They have been edited by Charles Drazin is the acclaimed author of The Third Man.
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The Journals: Volume 1 by John Fowles
In 1963 John Fowles won international recognition with his first published novel The Collector. But his roots as a serious writer can be traced back long before to the journal he began as a student at Oxford in the late 1940s and continued to keep faithfully over the next half century. Written with an unsparing honesty and forthrightness, it reveals the inner thoughts and creative development of one of the twentieth century's most innovative and important novelists. Commencing with his final year at Oxford, this first volume chronicles the year he then spent lecturing at a university in France; his experiences as a young school teacher on the Greek island of Spetsai, which would inspire his second novel The Magus; his love affair there with the married woman who would later become his wife; his return to England and the long struggle to achieve literary success. It reveals not only his devotion to Greek and French culture, but also the huge part that a life-long passion for natural history has played in his life and writing.
This first-hand account of the road to fame and fortune holds the reader's attention with all the narrative power of the novels, but also offers an invaluable insight into the intimate relationship between Fowles's own life and his fiction.
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ReviewsHis intellectual perseverance and artistic integrity... remain impressive to the end Observer He is sharp when speaking about his own fiction, and the section dealing with The Collector will no doubt be required reading for all students of Fowles Scotland on Sunday This journal is fascinating, full of stimulating thoughts about aesthetics, national identity and the changing function of literature in post-war Europe Daily Telegraph Fans of The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman are in for a treat Time Out Fowles is an artist of great imaginative power Sunday Times
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Publication date4th November 2004
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