Dennis Potter Black-eyes

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The elderly half-forgotten author Maurice Kingsley uses his beautiful fashion model niece Jessica's life as a model for a book, embroidering it with his own quirky insights into a surprise best-seller, a modern parable for a wasted life that becomes a candidate for the Booker Prize. Dennis Potter is author of "The Singing Detective" written for television. He has also written a previous novel, "Ticket to Ride".

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Dennis Potter was born in 1935 in Gloucestershire. After National Service he won a place at New College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He became one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed dramatists. His plays for television include Blue Remembered Hills (1979), Brimstone and Treacle (commissioned in 1975 but banned until 1987), the series Pennies from Heaven. (1978), The Singing Detective (1986), Blackeyes (1989) and Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). He also wrote novels, stage plays and screenplays. Seeing the Blossom, his final television interview, was published in 1994. He died in June 1994.

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Potter ( Pennies from Heaven ) offers a brilliantly executed tale about narrative control and sexual politics in which three voices struggle to seize the story of a victimized fashion model. An elderly writer, Maurice James Kingsley, stuns the British literary world with his novel "Sugar Bush"stet quotes that details the tortured life of "Blackeyes," a young model who is repeatedly abused by the men whose fantasies she projects upon billboards and television screens. The public lionizes Kingsley's work as a shocking representation of the plight of women. But the story is not his: Kingsley's niece Jessica had spoon-fed him her own biography in a calculated attempt to avenge a devastating past offense. In a frenzy, she now wants to "dismantle his narrative, reclaiming herself" and "rescue the sad girl in the fiction and the angry woman in her real life." In a final twist, the reader too becomes persecutor, partaking in vicarious thrills and horrors through the filter and control of a mysterious third narrator.
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