by Nicholas Mosley


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Accident, Nicholas Mosley's brilliantly conceived and efficiently structured novel about Oxford University and environs, is a prose poem about marriage and infidelity, as well as the relationship between writing and existence, imagination and action. It is a study of the games academics play both with their students and with themselves, on campus and off, in bed or on the cricket fields or baronial halls of the landed gentry. By probing the mind of one philosopher-don, the Stephen who has second thoughts about what constitutes an "accident," Mosley gives us an unforgettable view of life at the top or tip of the academic heights, in addition to a moving story of love and betrayal.

"A most brilliant and singular piece of work." (Harold Pinter)

"[A] fascinating and original novel. . . . Technically, Accident is remarkable." (Times Literary Supplement)

"Nicholas Mosley's major theme is 'the public face and the private helplessness.' He writes particularly well the prose of shock, of the dead, small hours: and he also writes, as few can, of the pain and purpose of marriage." (London Sunday Times)

"Original in texture, universal in import. . . . Accident evokes a sense of what it is to be its central character: a Prufrock man adrift in the 1960s." (New York Times Book Review 11-10-85)

"[A] first-rate experimental novelist. . . . In an age of so much successful 'light fiction,' he's a special taste, the kind of writer whose books stick in your mind for weeks after you've finished them." (Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle 6-22-86)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780916583118
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 11/28/1985
Series: British Literature Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in London, Mosley was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford and served in Italy during the Second World War, winning the Military Cross for bravery. He succeeded as 3rd Baron Ravensdale in 1966 and, on the death of his father on 3 December 1980, he also succeeded to the Baronetcy. His father, Sir Oswald Mosley, founded the British Union of Fascists in 1932 and was a supporter of Benito Mussolini. Sir Oswald was arrested in 1940 for his antiwar campaigning, and spent the majority of World War II in prison. As an adult, Nicholas was a harsh critic of his father in "Beyond the Pale: Sir Oswald Mosley and Family 1933-1980" (1983), calling into question his father's motives and understanding of politics. Nicholas' work contributed to the 1998 Channel 4 television programme titled 'Mosley' based on his father's life. At the end of the mini-series, Nicholas is portrayed meeting his father in prison to ask him about his national allegiance. Mosley began to stammer as a young boy, and attended weekly sessions with speech therapist Lionel Logue in order to help him overcome the speech disorder. Mosley says his father claimed never really to have noticed his stammer, but feels Sir Oswald may have been less aggressive when speaking to him than he was towards other people as a result.

Steven Weisenburger, professor of English and co-director of the Program in American Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of "Fables of Subversion: Satire and the American Novel "and "A "Gravity's Rainbow" Companion".

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