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Like a fiery elephant : the story of B.S. Johnson

Author: Jonathan Coe
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Like a Fiery Elephant tells the story of B.S. Johnson, one of Britain's most productive, passionate, and controversial writers of the 1960s and 70s. Johnson was an unflinching advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, and he held some strong (some would say extreme) views on the future of the novel. Working firmly in the tradition of Sterne, Joyce, and Beckett, he was determined to reinvent the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coe, Jonathan.
Like a fiery elephant.
New York : Continuum, 2005
(OCoLC)646896888
Named Person: B S Johnson; B S Johnson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0826417353 9780826417350
OCLC Number: 57625618
Description: 486 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Jonathan Coe.
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"Like a Fiery Elephant tells the story of B.S. Johnson, one of Britain's most productive, passionate, and controversial writers of the 1960s and 70s. Johnson was an unflinching advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, and he held some strong (some would say extreme) views on the future of the novel. Working firmly in the tradition of Sterne, Joyce, and Beckett, he was determined to reinvent the novel with each attempt. His innovations included a book with holes cut through the pages (Albert Angelo) and - most famously - a novel published in a box so that its unbound chapters could be shuffled and read in any order (The Unfortunates)."

"The story of Johnson's life is fascinating enough - involving, as it does, parental abandonment during World War II, encounters with a mysterious poetic goddess in Wales, brushes with the British Secret Service, and a trail of exasperated editors, publishers, and agents, all of whom were unable to match Johnson's boundless energy and recklessly high standards."--Jacket.

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