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On modern British fiction

Author: Zachary Leader
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A collection of essays on fiction in Britain, with contributions by contemporary novelists and critics such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel, James Wood, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Wood, and Elaine Showalter.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zachary Leader
ISBN: 0199249326 9780199249329 0199249334 9780199249336
OCLC Number: 50002588
Description: viii, 319 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: V.S. Pritchett and English comedy / James Wood --
No laughing matter: a word on Angus Wilson / P.N. Furbank --
Mother tongue: a memoir / Ian McEwan --
Between Waugh and Wodehouse: comedy and conservatism / Christopher Hitchens --
Ladlit / Elaine Showalter --
Enigmas and homelands / Michael Wood --
No passes or documents are needed: the writer at home in Europe / Hilary Mantel --
Penelope / Wendy Lesser --
Why Christopher Isherwood stopped writing fiction / Katherine Bucknell --
Shaping modern English fiction: the forms of the content and the contents of the form / Valentine Cunningham --
Politics of narrative in the post-war Scottish novel / Liam McIlvanney --
Ruined futures of British science fiction / Patrick Parrinder --
P.D. James and the distinguished thing / Martin Priestman --
Novel adapted for television / Elizabeth Jane Howard --
Against dryness / Martin Amis --
Commissioning and editing modern fiction / Dan Franklin --
Before it becomes literature: how fiction reviewers have dealt with the English novel / Lindsay Duguid.
Responsibility: edited by Zachary Leader.
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Anyone at all interested in fiction (or indeed in what it is to be 'modern' or 'British') will find at least three or four of these essays worth the price of the book. Caroline Moore, The Spectator

 
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