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Raymond Williams
     

Raymond Williams

by Fred Inglis
 

In his life, Raymond Williams played many parts: child of the Black Mountains, inspirational adult lecturer, Cambridge professor, folk hero and guru of the left. After his death, he has remained a symbolic figure and his classic works, Culture and Society, The Long Revolution, The Country and the City continue to inspire new generations all

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In his life, Raymond Williams played many parts: child of the Black Mountains, inspirational adult lecturer, Cambridge professor, folk hero and guru of the left. After his death, he has remained a symbolic figure and his classic works, Culture and Society, The Long Revolution, The Country and the City continue to inspire new generations all over the world.
In this first major biography, Fred Inglis has spoken to those who knew this complex and charismatic man at every stage of his life, from his boyhood in the Welsh border country to his brief years of retirement. Through their voices and his own passionate stories and at times combative engagement with his subject, he tells of a story of a life not just for its time but for our own. After Thatcher and Reagan and the Cold War, Williams still has much to teach us about the nature of a good and just society and about the constant struggle to attain it.

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Booknews
A biography of British socialist writer and Cambridge professor Williams (1921-88), based on extensive conversations with people who knew him during the various stages of his life from his boyhood in the Welsh border country to his brief years of retirement. A paper version of the 1995 edition. No subject index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The Times
"Genial and absorbing."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415187169
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

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Tony Benn
"Fred Inglis' massive scholarly and sensitive biography will extend an understanding of Raymond Williams' life and work to future generations ... It will stand as a monument ot his contribution to political thought."
Victor Navasky
With brio, passion, wisdom and occasional reservations, Inglis introduces us to and evaluates Raymond Williams, the man and the icon, the brilliant cultural-political theorist, the muted social activist, the minor novelist, the compromiser and conscience of the left.

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