Series: Contemporary Writers

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Alain Robbe-Grillet (New Accents) by John Fletcher
Contemporary Writers: E.L. Doctorow by Paul Levine
Donald Barthelme (Contemporary writers) by Maurice Couturier
Doris Lessing (Contemporary Writers) by Lorna Sage
Harold Pinter (Contemporary Writers) by Guido Almansi
Iris Murdoch (Contemporary Writers S.) by Richard Todd
Joe Orton by C. W. E. Bigsby
John Fowles (Contemporary Writers) by Peter J. Conradi
Kurt Vonnegut (Contemporary writers) by Jerome Klinkowitz
Malcolm Lowry (Contemporary Writers) by Ronald Binns
Margaret Drabble (Contemporary Writers) by J.V. Creighton
Philip Larkin (Contemporary writers) by Andrew Motion
Philip Roth (Routledge Revivals) by Hermione Lee
Richard Brautigan (Contemporary writers) by Marc Chenetier
Saul Bellow (Contemporary Writers) by Malcolm Bradbury
Seamus Heaney by Blake Morrison
Ted Hughes by Thomas West
Thomas Pynchon (Contemporary writers) by Tony Tanner
V.S. Naipaul (Contemporary Writers) by Peter Hughes

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General Editors Malcolm Bradbury and Christopher Bigsby. Published by Methuen.

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