Wain, John. (1925 - 1994).
W o r k
- author of novels, short stories, poems, radio plays, and literary criticism
- poetry: dry, cerebral, and witty poems associated with ‘The Movement’
- fiction: associated with Angry Young Men
Hurry on Down (1953):
- his first and most famous novel
- together with Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim and John Braine’s Room at the Top a leading example of the fiction produced by the ‘Angry Young Men’
- an account of the picaresque career of an unsettled uni graduate’s deliberate flight down the social scale into increasingly unpropitious occupations
Strike the father dead (1962):
- the lower-case letters in the title indicate the non-conventional manner
- follows a young jazzman's rebellion against his conventional father
A Winter in the Hills (1971):
- a rampageous comedy
- focuses on a linguist's researches in North Wales
Young shoulders (1982):
- a sensitive study of juvenile bereavement
- a young boy faces the death of loved ones
Where the river meets (1988) and Comedies (1990):
- Bildungsromanen: follow a young person's growth to maturity
- draws on his knowledge of Oxford where he studied and later lectured
"This book-amber-clear, cool and with a good head-deserves a thoughtful swig even from people who never drink."
(Photo: Spisovatelé cz).
AuthorJohn Barrington Wain. (1925 - 1994). British.
WorkNovelist. Playwright. Poet. Critic. Author of Hurry on Down (1953).
GenresAngry Young Men. The Movement.
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