Conversations with John Fowles

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"I always think the notion of the fork in the road is very important when you are creating narrative. . . . On the actual page you often do not know when a scene is going to end, how it is going to end, or if you end it this way, how it is going to change the future of the book."

Although best known for his novels The Collector, The Magus, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles is also a short story writer, a poet, a respected translator, and a prolific essayist. In his long literary career, he has ...

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Overview

"I always think the notion of the fork in the road is very important when you are creating narrative. . . . On the actual page you often do not know when a scene is going to end, how it is going to end, or if you end it this way, how it is going to change the future of the book."

Although best known for his novels The Collector, The Magus, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles is also a short story writer, a poet, a respected translator, and a prolific essayist. In his long literary career, he has managed the feats of welding stunning innovation to tradition, pushing the formal boundaries of literary fiction, and still capturing critical acclaim, popular success, and a worldwide readership. In Conversations with John Fowles, the first book of interviews devoted to the English writer, Dianne L. Vipond gathers over twenty of the most revealing interviews Fowles has granted in the last forty years. With critics, scholars, and journalists, he discusses his life, his art, his distinctive world view, and his special relationship with nature. Throughout his interviews, Fowles’s remarkable consistency of thought is illuminated as he covers the meaning and genesis of his work. His uncompromising honesty and refreshing lack of guardedness are evident when he compares the naturalness of writing with eating or making love. From the 1960s through the 1990s, this master chronicler of the late half of the twentieth century reveals his serious engagement with social, political, and philosophical issues. He identifies himself with feminism, socialism, humanism, and the environmental movement, and he explores his recurring theme of personal, artistic, and socio-political freedom. Hisbooks, he says, "are about the difficulty of attaining personal freedom, especially in terms of discovering what one is." Any reader who has been intrigued, challenged, and entertained by his work in the past is sure to find these conversations spanning the writer’s career to be stimulating and revealing.

6 x 9 in., 256 pages (approx.), introduction, chronology, index

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578061914
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
John Fowles 1
Portrait of a Man Reading 9
A Sort of Exile in Lyme Regis 14
John Fowles: The Magus 26
An Interview with John Fowles 33
John Fowles on Islands and ... Hidden Valleys 46
Interview with Author John Fowles 50
John Fowles: An Exclusive Interview 59
Staying Green: An Interview with John Fowles the Novelist 65
John Fowles 70
An Encounter with John Fowles 82
An Interview with John Fowles 102
An Interview with John Fowles 119
A Conversation with John Fowles 134
Interview with John Fowles 149
Fowles on Fowles 168
John Fowles: The Art of Fiction CIX 182
An Unholy Inquisition 198
A Writer Blocked 214
The Endless Lessons of History 221
Fowles on a Fair Day 223
A Dialogue with John Fowles 231
Index 239
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