Williamsburg Regional Library

Circus of dreams, adventures in the 1980s literary world, John Walsh - hardcover

"Something extraordinary happened to the UK literary scene in the 1980s. In the space of eight years, a generation of young British writers took the literary novel into new realms of setting, subject matter and style, challenging - and almost eclipsing - the Establishment writers of the 1950s. It began with two names - Martin Amis and Ian McEwan - and became a flood: Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Graham Swift, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson and Pat Barker among them. The rise of the newcomers coincided with astonishing changes in the way books were published - and the ways in which readers bought them and interacted with their authors. Suddenly, authors of serious fiction were like rock stars, fashionable, sexy creatures, shrewdly marketed and feted in public...Through this exciting, hectic period, the journalist and author John Walsh played many parts: literary editor, reviewer, interviewer, prize judge and TV pundit. He met and interviewed numerous literary stars, attended the best launch parties and digested all the gossip and scandal of the time. In Circus of Dreams he reports on what he found, first with wide-eyed delight and then with a keen eye on what drove this glorious era. The result is a unique hybrid of personal memoir, oral history, literary investigation and elegy for a golden age." --, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Amis and company -- Before the storm -- Directing my steps -- Among the bookmen -- The best of British -- The Carmelite of Camden town -- The big time 1984-6 -- A street called fleet -- Launches, lunches and lechery -- A home on the highway -- Christopher Marlowe and the sheep -- Side-splitters and bonkbusters -- The end of the beginnings
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
424 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (some color), 24 cm

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