An Imagined Life

An Imagined Life : Life and Times, 1959-91

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"A Local Habitation" and "A Sort of Clowning" traced Richard Hoggart's life to 1959. In this final part of his autobiography, he recalls the changes in his life which followed the publication of his "Uses of Literacy", his pronouncement to a shocked court during the Lady Chatterley trial that Lawrence was "puritanical", his involvement with the Pilkington report on broadcasting and UNESCO, and his rewarding time as Warden of Goldsmith's College, London (during which time he engaged in broadcasting, film, print, adult education, and battles against censorship of the arts). Famous names move across the pages - T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, W.H. Auden - and Hoggart's career traces and assesses a changing world. But it is to his private life, and to his childhood, that this trilogy returns for its conclusion. This book should be of interest to readers of contemporary English autobiography, and those who enjoyed Hoggart's other more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 237g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192831127
  • 9780192831125

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The subtitle Life and Times is carefully chosen: the detail of his own life, Hoggart claims, is interesting only as it reflects the experience of a generation in England moving from working-class poverty to middle-class professionalism. But he underestimates his narrative skill. A Local Habitation brilliantly portrayed a working class boyhood in Leeds; A Sort of Clowning took us through World War II to marriage, family, and the beginnings of professional success. Now the third volume picks up the tale in 1958, by which time Hoggart was well on the way to becoming an honorary member of the Establishment. This is a classic of autobiography: Hoggart's observations will not only strike echoes in many readers, but will illuminate their own experiences. (Kirkus UK)show more

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