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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446402443
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 704

The Journals Volume 1




A major literary landmark: the second volume of one of the most extraordinary journals of our time.

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 on the Dorset coast 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. While the challenges of the passing years - whether illness, depression or personal bereavement - underline the vanity of worldly ambition, he finds refuge and solace in his study of the animals, plants, birds and insects of the surrounding countryside.
This concluding volume of the Journals contains an eloquent expression of this profound attachment to the natural world, but also marks a writer's continuing quest for wisdom and self-understanding. Unflinchingly honest, it provides an invaluable insight into the creative background of his novels, as well as the writer's inner life and preoccupations.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446402443
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 704

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 Journals Volume 1

“Fowles is an artist of great imaginative power”

Sunday Times

“He is sharp when speaking about his own fiction, and the section dealing with The Collector will no doubt be required reading for all students of Fowles”

Scotland on Sunday

“These extraordinary diaries-should help bring about his richly deserved resuscitation”

Spectator


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