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    DescriptionThis is a collection of essays on writers and writing by the Booker-shortlisted novelist and critic. Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary. In these thoughtful and enlightening essays David Lodge considers some particularly interesting examples of life-writing, and contributes several of his own. The subjects include celebrated modern British writers such as Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis, Muriel Spark and Alan Bennett, and two major figures from the past, Anthony Trollope and H.G.Wells. Lodge examines connections between the style and the man in the diaries of the playwright Simon Gray and the cultural criticism of Terry Eagleton, and recalls how his own literary career was entwined with that of his friend Malcolm Bradbury. All except one of the subjects (Princess Diana) are or were themselves professionally "in writing", making this collection a kind of casebook of the splendours and miseries of authorship. In a final essay Lodge describes the genesis and compositional method of his recent novel about H.G.Wells, A Man of Parts, and engages with the critical controversies that have been provoked by the increasing popularity of narrative and dramatic writing that combines fact and fiction. Drawing on David Lodge's long experience as a novelist and critic, Lives in Writing is a fascinating study of the interface between life and literature.


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    Title
    Lives in Writing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Lodge
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 439 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846557903
    ISBN 10: 1846557909
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: BJ
    Libri: ENGM1075, ERIN2036
    BISAC V2.8: LCO011000, BIO026000
    DC23: 824.914
    Thema V1.0: DND
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    HARVILL SECKER
    Publication date
    06 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    David Lodge's novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, Thinks..., Author, Author and, most recently, A Man of Parts. He has also written stage plays and screenplays, and several books of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction, Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.
    Review quote
    "Lodge is a clear, sceptical writer, wise about things and a careful reader and in general kind even to people who plainly irritate him" -- Sam Leith Spectator "Lodge's animating spark is his sedulousness, his ability to marshal the facts, pronounce a judgement and then subtly qualify it" -- DJ Taylor Independent on Sunday "Lodge, too original a writer to set down a conventional autobiography, re-veals himself in fragments, an anecdote here, a recollection there. The collection, then, is a kind of trick: portraits of others disguising a book about himself... This is a hybrid work, well-suited to its hybrid author - rooted in fact but entranced by fiction" -- Sophie Elmhirst Financial Times "The shrewd, amused intellect that Lodge brings to bear makes this collection a consistent pleasure... Wise and genial" -- Tim Martin The Times "Generous but discriminating, lucid without sacrificing complexity" -- Theo Tait Sunday Times