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Alfred Alvarez


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Al Alvarez (born London, 5 August 1929) is an English poet, novelist, essayist, writer and critic who publishes under the name A. Alvarez and Al Alvarez.

Born Alfred Alvarez, he was educated at Oundle School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took a First in English. After teaching briefly in Oxford and the USA, he became a fulltime writer in his late twenties. From 1956 to ... more »

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  • Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inc...
    A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. "Dada: Suicide as an Art," pt. 4, The Savage God (1971).
  • ''Despair, in short, seeks its own environment as surely as water finds its own level.''
    A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. "Theories," pt. 3, The Savage God (1971).
  • The old guard may grumble and occasionally sue, but in a society where Portnoy's Complaint is a record-breaking best- seller sexual permissiveness is no longer an issue. The real resistance now is to ...
    A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. "The Savage God," pt. 4, The Savage God (1971).
  • ''No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train.''
    A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. The Savage God, pt. 5 (1971).
  • Despite the hundreds of attempts, police terror and the concentration camps have proved to be more or less impossible subjects for the artist; since what happened to them was beyond the imagination, i...
    A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. "The Savage God," pt. 4, The Savage God (1971).
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