Paul Scott

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Paul Scott

Writers and Their Work, 278


December 1st, 1998

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Contrary to popular belief, Paul Scott was not a historical novelist in the realist tradition but a post-modernist who engaged with his readers in narrative of increasing self-consciousness and complexity. Having exposed the identity crisis of the twentieth-century male under army and post-war conditions, he moved on after the 1950’s to explore the need for commitment memorably and often brilliantly against various backdrops. This phase culminated in his most frankly experimental novel, The Corrida at San Feliu (1964). However, India, where Scott had served during the war, still exerted a strong pull on his imagination. And in his tour de forceThe Raj Quartet (1966-1975), and its coda, Staying On (1977; Booker Prize, 1978), Scott found in one of the great upheavals of recent times what he had long been seeking – evidence of human being’s capacity for moral integrity and love, even in the face of extraordinary challenges.

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Jacqueline Banerjee has held lectureships in English Literature at the University of British Columbia, Canada, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and Kobe College, Japan. She has also given courses at King’s College London as an honorary member of staff and is now the Associate Editor (UK) for the Victorian Web.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline9
Abbreviations and References11
1 A Divided Life18
2 Novels of the Fifties31
3 Novels of the Early Sixties44
4 The Raj Quartet: A Study in Narrative56
5 The Raj Quartet: Themes71
6 Staying On – and Afterwards85
Select Bibliography100