Faulks on fiction : great British characters and the secret life of the novel / Sebastian Faulks.
By: Faulks, Sebastian.Material type: BookPublisher: London : BBC, 2011Description: 376 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781846079597 (hbk.); 1846079594 (hbk.); 9781849900027 (tr. pbk.).Other title: Great British characters and the secret life of the novel | Secret life of the novel.Uniform titles: Faulks on fiction. Subject(s): English fiction -- History and criticism | National characteristics, British, in literature | National characteristics, British | Great Britain -- Social conditions | Great Britain -- Social life and customsGenre/Form: English fiction -- History and criticism.DDC classification: 823.009
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
The British invented the novel, with the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719 marking the arrival of a revolutionary and distinctly modern form of art. But it's also true, as Sebastian Faulks argues in this remarkable book, that the novel helped invent the British- for the first time we had stories that reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in which we could find our reality, our understanding and our escape.In The Secret Life of the Novel, Faulks examines many of these enduring fictional characters from over the centuries - Heroes from Tom Jones to John Self, Lovers from Mr Darcy to Lady Chatterly, Villains from Fagin to Barbara Covett, and Snobs from Emma Woodhouse to James Bond - and shows us how they mapped and inspired the British psyche, and continue to do so.Published to coincide with a major BBC series, The Secret Life of the Novel is an engaging and opinionated look at the psychology of the British through their literature, and a unique social history of Britain from one of our most respected writers.
Published to accompany the television series "Faulks on fiction"
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Robinson Crusoe -- Tom Jones -- Becky Sharp -- Sherlock Holmes -- Winston Smith -- Jim Dixon -- John Self -- Mr Darcy -- Heathcliff -- Tess Durbeyfield -- Constance Chatterley -- Maurice Bendrix -- Anna Wulf -- Nick Guest -- Emma Woodhouse -- Pip -- Charles Pooter -- Jeeves -- Jean Brodie -- James Bond -- Chanu Ahmed -- Robert Lovelace -- Fagin -- Count Fosco -- Steerpike -- Ronald Merrick -- Jack Merridew -- Barbara Covett.
Includes index. -TV tie-in. -Bibliography: p. 371-372. -The British invented the novel, with the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719 marking the arrival of a new and revolutionary form of art. But it's equally true, as Sebastian Faulks makes clear in this remarkable book, that the novel invented the British: for the first time there was a form of art that reflected the experiences of ordinary people and provided characters that served as true cultural touchstones. Accompanying a major BBC series, Faulks on Fiction is a compelling and personal take on the story of how the dazzling creations of novelists helped shape the world we live in.
"Our favourite novelists make something thrilling out of the recognisable. They make real a story that, however unlike our own life it might seem, can reach the humanity common to us all -- that is the magic of the novel. "Faulks on fiction" takes a look at the British novel through its human characters -- the heroes, lovers, snobs and villains." -- Back cover.
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