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- DescriptionUnderstanding Alan Sillitoe offers a lucid appraisal of the life and works of the well-kwn contemporary British writer hailed by critics as the literary descendent of D.H. Lawrence. Kwn primarily for his vels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner , Sillitoe has written more than 50 books over the last 40 years, including vels, plays, collections of short stories, poems, and travel pieces, as well as more than four hundred essays. In this comprehensive study of the major vels and short stories, Hanson reveals Sillitoe's artistic influences and the dominant thematic concerns of his works. Hanson brings her analysis with an account of Sillitoe's early life and his beginnings as a writer during the war years in Nottingham. She carefully examines such literary influences as Lawrence, Victor Hugo, Robert Tressell, Israel Joshua Singer and Robert Graves. Focusing on Saturday Night and Sunday Morning , The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner , Men, Women and Children , Her Victory , Leonard's War and Swstop , Hanson also considers four dominant themes of Sillitoe's works: the new existentialism that grew out of British culture during the 1950s and 1960s; the question of identity in the love stories; the use of madness as a necessary step toward freedom; and the complex and defiant characterization of women. Hanson contends that by realistically looking at universal issues and articulating the dilemmas of those unable to do so themselves, Sillitoe has been able to achieve popular and critical success.
- Author(s)Gillian Mary Hanson
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication31/05/1998
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleUnderstanding Contemporary British Literature
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Height230 mm
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