The Unfortunates

B. S. Johnson (Author) Jonathan Coe (Introduction by)
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Product Details

Price
$26.95  $24.79
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
November 17, 2009
Pages
176
Dimensions
5.34 X 1.15 X 7.81 inches | 0.86 pounds
Language
English
Type
Boxed Set
EAN/UPC
9780811217439
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About the Author

B. S. Johnson (Bryan Stanley Johnson) (1933-1973) was an English experimental novelist, poet, literary critic and filmmaker. He was born into a working-class family, was evacuated from London during World War II, and left school at sixteen to work as an accountant. However, he taught himself Latin in the evenings, and with this knowledge, managed to pass the university exam for King's College London. After he graduated Johnson wrote a series of increasingly experimental and often acutely personal novels. A critically acclaimed film adaptation of the last of the novels published while he was alive, Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry was released in 2000. Increasingly depressed by his failure to succeed commercially, and beset by family problems, Johnson committed suicide.
Johnathan Coe is the author of The Winshaw Legacy and nine other novels. His many prizes include the Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Reviews

A most gifted author.--Samuel Beckett
Far from some modernist stunt, the form of the book dovetails beautifully with Johnson's subject-the accidental yet persistent nature of memory....This book, with no belief in God, no hope of heaven, makes you feel the stuff of life as sacred, and our inability to hold on to it as damnation enough for anyone to be made to bear.--Charles Taylor
You'll fall in love.--Sam Anderson ""Top Ten Books of 2008" "