This novel describes a summer session of the Identity Club at a remote country house. Waited on by brainwashed butlers and role-playing servants, the members of the Identity Club sit back and listen to a series of ludicrous lectures which anatomize English life.
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Nigel Dennis (1912-1989) was born in England and educated variously in Rhodesia, South African, Austria and Bavaria. He wrote too little but for all that there were three novels (and one that was disowned), four plays, a volume of poetry and three works of non-fiction. For twenty years he was the lead reviewer for the Sunday Telegraph. His study of Jonathan Swift, one of his heroes as his own mastery of satire suggests, won the Royal Society of Literature award. Faber Finds is reissuing his three novels: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play, The Cards of Identity and A House in Order.Review:
"One of the funniest, most penetrating novels since the early Aldous Huxley."--Time
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1999. Book Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87375219
Book Description London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1955. Book Condition: Wie neu. Erstausgabe. First Imprint.. 369 Seiten. 20 cm.First Edition. Good Condition. Jacket designed by Lucien Freud. Guter Zustand. Schutzumschlag leicht gebräunt und mit minimalen Randläsuren. Aus dem Besitz der Gräfin Ledebur mit geprägtem Monogramm (Krone) auf dem Vorsatz. First printing of the UK edition of Dennis's second, and most famous, novel which he adapted to an equally outstanding play. - "One of the funniest, most penetrating novels since the early Aldous Huxley." - Time; "Nigel Dennis - no kin of mine, alas - tells a very funny story packed with secret smiles, soft snickers, and hearty laughter. His writing recalls Evelyn Waugh, Nancy Mitford, Angus Wilson, and even sometimes George Bernard Shaw, yet it is unmistakably and deliciously original. To read him is to love him." - Patrick Dennis; "I have read no novel published during the last fifteen years with greater pleasure and admiration." - W.H. Auden. - - A Scathing Satire On Psychology, Identity Theory And Class Prejudice; Cards of Identity is a scathing satire of psychology, identity theory, and class prejudice. The plot centers on an annual meeting of the Identity Club, a group of psychologists who come together to present "case histories" promoting their chosen theory of identity. These case studies (three of which are presented in the novel) are not scientific treatises, but fictional representations of characters in line with the author's biases. In fact, members of the Club aren't allowed to interact with actual patients when creating their stories. Surrounding this meeting is the equally bizarre story of the local townspeople, who are brainwashed and transformed into servants for the convention, and who end the book with a show-stopping Shakespearian play. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 445 Englische Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, Anglistik, Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft, Geschichte, Gesellschaft, Politik, Originalsprache, Book is written in english, Literaturtheorie, Britain, Literaturgeschichte, Literaturwissenschaften Rotes Leinen mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln und Schutzumschlag. Bookseller Inventory # 44770