The grotesque idol discovered in Bishop Eorpwald's tomb has scandalized, mystified and inspired a whole generation of scholars. As a young man Gerald Middleton was involved with the dig. Now an eminent historian, he is none the less haunted by a sense of failure both as a man and as a scholar.
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"After Evelyn Waugh, what? The answer is Angus Wilson, a master of mimicry, diction, intention and wit." --Edmund Wilson"One of the five greatest novels of the century." --Anthony Burgess ..".brilliant and ambitious...In every generation one or two novelists revise the conventional picture of English character. Mr. Wilson does this." --V.S. Pritchett, New Statesman and Nation "It's Dickens for the smart set, or Edmund Wilson with a dash of savage silliness." --Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times "So read this splendid novel and you will find yourself not only entertained and at times vastly amused, but actually wiser about human nature. You will not only experience vicariously some interesting slices of postwar English life, but you will be conducted into a world of fine moral and ethical distinctions, which are this novelist's particular forte. Much wisdom and humanity are to be found in the pages ofAnglo-Saxon Attitudes." --Martin Rubin, The Washington Times About the Author:
One of Britain's most distinguished novelists Sir Angus Wilson was born in 1913. Educated at Westminster and Merton College, Oxford he joined the British Museum as a cataloguer before being called for service in 1941. His literary career began with a collection of short-stories published in 1949. These were followed by other short-story collections, novels and plays.
Co-founder with Malcolm Bradbury of the MA programme in creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Wilson was appointed professor in 1967. Chair of many literary panels, including the Booker prize, and campaigner for homosexual equality he was knighted in 1980. He died in 1991.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140174249