The Prose Factory: Literary Life in Britain Since 1918

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Gossipy journalists, revolutionary poets, political novelists and influential professors: take a tour of twentieth century literary culture.
     The book DJ Taylor was born to write: award-winning literary biographer (won Whitbread Prize for biography of George Orwell), esteemed journalist and novelist (longlisted for Booker for Derby Day) is the expert on 20th century literary culture: he's lived and worked through half of it!
     Gossipy and entertaining: a fantastic read, full of juicy details and hilarious anecdotes about the great minds of the twentieth century. 
     Insight into our world: shines a light on readers, writers, publishers, booksellers, magazine editors - and holds them up for scrutiny.

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D. J. TAYLOR's novels include English Settlement, which won a Grinzane Cavour Prize, Trespass and Derby Day, both of which were long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and Kept: A Victorian Mystery. His other books include After the War: The Novel and England Since 1945, Thackeray, Orwell: The Life, which won the 2003 Whitbread Biography Prize, and Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940. He lives in Norwich with his wife, the novelist Rachel Hore, and their three sons.

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"An entertaining history of literary life." -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph * "Engaging, assured and entertaining." -- James Kidd * Independent * "Wide ranging, entertaining and thoughtful survey" -- Michael Prodger * The Times * "An amazing achievement" * David Lodge * "A pleasingly gossipy history of literary life in England since 1918...very enjoyable" * Observer *

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Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What do we mean when we talk about `taste ? Taste takes countless forms. There is the exclusive taste of highbrow critics such as T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis. There is the taste of ordinary book lovers persuaded to buy the best-sellers of the day. And there is the taste of Virginia Woolf s elusive `common reader . A taste that in the days of the Victorian reading public was founded on shared standards but now, in the age of Twitter and the blogosphere, is fragmenting into chaos. Spanning a century of literary history, from the pitched battles fought between Eliot-era modernists and Georgian traditionalists to the political in-fighting of the Thirties, the arrival of the upwardly mobile post-war `New Man and the impact of creative writing degrees and the media don, The Prose Factory explores the myriad influences on English literary life in the past century and the way in which they have shaped our preferences. It is also a tale of personalities - `star reviewers , sniping critics, caballing editors, crusading ideologues, megalomaniac professors, Arts Council functionaries - a tale of dazzling successes and embittered failures in which gossip and intrigue are as important as intellectual zeal. Above all, it is a study of change. We live in a world where it is ever more difficult for professional writers to make a living, where the dangers of institutionalisation lurk on every corner and where critical authority is giving way to the whims of cyberspace. Wide-ranging and controversial, as interested in the newspaper essayist and the bookclub best-seller as the view from Mount Olympus, The Prose Factory is the book that D.J. Taylor was born to write. Bookseller Inventory # AB99780701186135

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