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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409059851
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Ebony Tower

A collection of novellas which are perfect examples of Fowles' rich, dazzling, masterly style

THE EBONY TOWER is a series of novellas, rich in imagery, exploring the nature of art. The story of the title - which the OBSERVER described as 'the finest thing Fowles has written' - concerns a journalist visiting a celebrated but reclusive painter. He is intrigued by the complicated erotic relationship between the elderly painter and the beautiful young women who share their lives with him.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409059851
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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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Praise for The Ebony Tower

“This collection of five novellas confirms that in terms of technical resourcefulness and narrative skill he has few equals among the living novelists. The novella which gives the book its title strikes me as being the finest thing Fowles has written”


“In a manner worthy of Pirandello, John Fowles uses the conventional apparatus of the detective-story to explore the relationship between fact and fiction, reality and illusion, to masterly effect”

Sunday Telegraph

“Arresting...this collection impresses me as deeply as any of the novels which Fowles has published to date”


“Pick up any of these stories and you won't, as they say, be able to put it down”

Financial Times

“This is an immensely stimulating book, rich in imagery, sure in dialogue, profound in characterization, dazzling in its descriptive powers and constantly haunting with its Celtic rhythms and its bold, elegant design”

The Times

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