"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, reveals 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)
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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Buchbeschreibung Random House UK Ltd Feb 2014, 2014. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 223x143x32 mm. Neuware - A collection of essays on writers and writing, from the Booker-shortlisted novelist and critic. Full of anecdotes and wonderful observations, it covers Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis, Terry Eagleton, Muriel Spark, Alan Bennett and more, as well as giving an insight into Lodge's own writing processes. 262 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781846557903