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TagsFrench (112), Working Class (34), Southern (34), North Carolina (23), Haitian (18), American (13), South Carolina; Southern (9), New Woman (9), New England; Massachusetts (6), Georgia (5) — see all tags

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About meSome years ago I got a first degree in French, although most of my working career – not that long really after I'd spent so much time bumming around before deciding what to do with my life as a potential work slave – was spent in teaching English Language and Literature. I've since gained an MA with Distinction in Literature on the forgotten novelist James Prior's book Forest Folk (1901), which is a kind of ahistorical, working-class take on the New Woman. My PhD in Literature followed hot on its heels, and 'The Work of Lionel Britton' is largely a thesis about the huge modernist, working-class novel Hunger and Love (1931), which boasted (equally hugely) a five-page, largely eulogistic, Introduction by Bertrand Russell. I'm now writing a biography of Lionel Britton, but in reality spending far more time reading books that are totally unrelated to any such research.

About my libraryAlthough I've included many fictional works here, I probably spend far more time – as when I was a student – reading biographical, historical, cultural, whatever sources to give a contextual approach to what I'm reading. I'm very interested in experimental fiction, and also the literature of outsiders, including women, non-whites, homosexuals, the working class, the shy, and any other political minorities that don't normally get a decent voice in life.

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GroupsAmerican Postmodernism, Banned Books, Booze!, Brits, Deep South, Feminist SF, Floridians, French Connection, Infinite Jesters, Literary Snobsshow all groups

Favorite authorsJohn Agard, W. H. Auden, Jane Austen, Paul Auster, Nicholson Baker, Charles Baudelaire, Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett, William Blake, Jacques Brel, Walter Brierley, Lionel Britton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, William S. Burroughs, Albert Camus, Charles W. Chesnutt, Amy Clampitt, John Clare, Arthur Hugh Clough, Robert Creeley, Harry Crews, E. E. Cummings, Ivor Cutler, Alphonse Daudet, Rhys Davies, Charles Dickens, Menie Muriel Dowie, Bob Dylan, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Jonathan Franzen, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Allen Ginsberg, Julien Gracq, Sarah Grand, Patrick Hamilton, James Hanley, Thomas Hardy, Harold Heslop, Winifred Holtby, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Henrik Ibsen, Eugène Ionesco, Henry James, B. S. Johnson, Linton Kwesi Johnson, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, James Kelman, Jack Kerouac, Daniil Kharms, D. H. Lawrence, Harper Lee, Harry Mathews, Carson McCullers, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Molière, Morrissey, William Morris, Frances Newman, Flann O'Brien, Mary Oliver, Georges Perec, Harold Pinter, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Marcel Proust, Raymond Queneau, Jean Rhys, Pierre de Ronsard, Christina Rossetti, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Selvon, William Shakespeare, May Sinclair, Ali Smith, Gertrude Stein, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry David Thoreau, Frank Tilsley, Amos Tutuola, Boris Vian, David Foster Wallace, Eudora Welty, Walt Whitman, Thomas Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

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