John Fowles


Biography of John Fowles

John Robert Fowles (31 March 1926 – 5 November 2005) was an English novelist, much influenced by Sartre, and critically positioned between modernism and postmodernism.

After leaving Oxford, Fowles taught at a school on the Greek island of Spetsai, a sojourn that inspired The Magus, an instant bestseller that was directly in tune with 1960's 'hippie' anarchism and experimental philosophy. This was followed by The French Lieutenant's Woman, a period romance set in Lyme Regis, Dorset, another location in which Fowles was deeply absorbed. Later fictional works include The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, and A Maggot.

Fowles was named by the Times newspaper as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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