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Journals Vol II by John Fowles


Journals Vol II by John Fowles

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.

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John Fowles's journals...make a fascinating document * Observer * I haven't enjoyed a new book so much in years -- Benjamin Markovits * Daily Telegraph * Fowles regarded his journals... as his 'last novel'... It is hard to disagree with the claim... Remarkable -- Hal Jensen * Times Literary Supplement * These miraculously faultless records are as impressive as The French Lieutenant's Woman * Literary Review * What an extraordinarily acute and gifted writer Fowles was... A haunting book * Daily Mail *

About the Author

John Fowles

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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4th January 2007


John Fowles

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Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing


496 pages


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



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