David Lodge is internationally celebrated as a novelist and critic, and, more recently, as a writer for television. This study examines his work from The Picturegoers (1960) to Therapy (1995). There are chapters on Lodge’s early, mainly realistic, fiction; on his trilogy of campus novels, Changing Places, Small World and Nice Work; and on his interest, sometimes light-hearted, sometimes deeply serious, in Catholicism, notably in How Far Can You Go? and Paradise News. Lodge’s practice as a novelist has been paralleled over the years by his work as a literary critic and theorist who is keenly interested in fictional form. There is an account of his critical writing, and the study concludes with an assessment of Lodge’s achievement as a best-selling novelist with intellectual interests in criticismand theology, who has successfully brought together observant realism, metafictional consciousness and dazzling comedy.
Bernard Bergonzi is Emeritus Professor of English, University of Warwick where he held the Chair and was Pro-Vice Chancellor. He has written many works of academic criticism as well as a novel. Among his recent books are Exploring English (1990), and Wartime and Aftermath (1993). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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June 1, 1995
Writers and their Work