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The English Novel in the 1960s

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Dr Joe JacksonAssistant Professor in 20th Century & Contemporary Literature, Department of English, University of NottinghamKingsley Amis, Angus Wilson, John Wain and CP Snow were leading figures in this period of English fiction. Distinguished women writers such as Elizabeth Taylor, Olivia Manning, Iris Murdoch, Muriel Spark and Edna O’Brien produced very different kinds of work, as did Margaret Drabble and Margaret Forster.The rise of the ‘working-class novel’, mainly set in northern England or the Midlands, was represented by Alan Sillitoe, John Braine, Keith Waterhouse, Stanley Middleton and David Storey.Several successful novels were quickly turned into films, which reached a still wider audience.

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