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born in Essex, England, in 1926.
His first published novel, The
Collector (1963), was about a lonely butterfly
collector who kidnaps a
young woman in
the hope that she will fall in love with him.
When the paperback
rights to the novel were sold, the publisher said it
was "probably the
highest price that had hitherto been paid for a
first novel." The
story was adapted for the screen in 1965 with
Stamp. Fowles is perhaps best known for The
(1969). The protagonist, Sarah, is
begging the question as to whether is she a victim
of the French
Lieutenant, a victim of the strict
gender roles of Victorian society, or a cunning
her own destiny.
And I Quote...
A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way. ~ Caroline Gordon
Russia has a long and legendary literary tradition that can perhaps give some insight into their current president.
As the roles of P.G. Wodehouse's characters Bertie and Jeeves coalesced, they became indissolubly and lastingly linked in the public imagination.
Yiyun Li talks about her new novel, Kinder Than Solitude, which echos her love of Irish writers.
Willy Vlautin: Who is my perfect reader? An obsessive reader who has a few dents and admits them
ZoŽ Heller and Mohsin Hamid discuss whether writers should stick to what they know.
A Blackbird Singing,
Ronald Stuart Thomas
It seems wrong that out of this bird,
Black, bold, a suggestion of dark
Places about it, there yet should come
Such rich music, as though the notes'
Ore were changed to a rare metal
At one touch of that bright bill.
You have heard it often, alone at your desk
In a green April, your mind drawn
Away from its work by sweet disturbance
Of the mild evening outside your room.
A slow singer, but loading each phrase
With history's overtones, love, joy
And grief learned by his dark tribe
In other orchards and passed on
Instinctively as they are now,
But fresh always with new tears.