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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2005.

The critically acclaimed biography of a man respected for his fierce commitment to truth and honesty, and his passionate belief in the avant-garde.

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Like A Fiery Elephant The Story of B.S.Johnson by Jonathan Coe

In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known young novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, he became famous - not to say notorious - both for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his idiosyncratic ways of putting them into practice. But in November 1973 Johnson's lifelong depression got the better of him, and he was found dead at his north London home. He had taken his own life at the age of forty. Jonathan Coe's biography is based upon unique access to the vast collection of papers Johnson left behind after his death, and upon dozens of interviews with those who knew him best. As unconventional in form as one of its subject's own novels, it paints a remarkable picture - sometimes hilarious, often overwhelmingly sad - of a tortured personality; a man whose writing tragically failed to keep at bay the demons that pursued him.

About the Author

Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. Expo 58 is his tenth novel. The previous nine are all available in Penguin: The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up! (which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), The House of Sleep (which won the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize), The Closed Circle, The Rain Before It Falls and The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim. His biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.

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Publication date

17th June 2005

Author

Jonathan Coe

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

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Biography: literary
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9780330350495

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