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John Fowles was born in Essex, England, in 1926. He attended the University of Edinburgh for a short time, left to serve in the Royal Marines, and then returned to school at Oxford University, where he received a B.A. in French in 1950. Fowles taught English in France and Greece, as well as at St. Godric's College in London. Although the main theme in all Fowles's fiction is freedom, there are few other similarities in his books. He has deliberately chosen to explore a different style or genre for each novel: The Collector, his first novel, is an intellectual thriller; The Magus is an adolescent learning novel, tracing the emotional development of the central character; Daniel Martin tries, in the modernist style, to depict psychological reality; Mantissa is a comedic allegory that takes place entirely inside the narrator's head; Maggot combines mystery, science fiction, and history; and The Ebony Tower is a collection of short stories. Fowles explored yet another genre, historical fiction, with his best-known novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman, which received the W. H. Smith Literary Award in 1970 and was made into a movie, starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, in 1981. An intriguing feature of this novel is that it has three different endings. Fowles's nonfiction includes Aristos: A Self Portrait in Ideas; Poems; and Wormholes: Essays and Other Occasional Writings. In addition, he has written the text for several books of photographs, including The Tree, for which Fowles received the Christopher Award in 1982. He died on November 5, 2005 at the age of 79. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The French Lieutenant's Woman 6,089 copies, 98 reviews
The Collector 4,566 copies, 117 reviews
The Magus: a revised version 4,526 copies, 88 reviews
The Magus 1,314 copies, 27 reviews
A Maggot 1,286 copies, 18 reviews
The Ebony Tower 1,165 copies, 8 reviews
Daniel Martin 1,074 copies, 6 reviews
Mantissa 646 copies, 8 reviews
The Aristos 335 copies, 6 reviews
The Tree 270 copies, 8 reviews
The Enigma of Stonehenge 116 copies, 3 reviews
Islands 57 copies, 1 review
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (Introduction, some editions) 830 copies, 29 reviews
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (Contributor) 384 copies, 1 review
After London: Or, Wild England (Introduction, some editions) 323 copies, 14 reviews
Ourika (Translator, some editions) 222 copies, 4 reviews
Granta 86: Film (Contributor) 197 copies
The Pleasure of Reading (Contributor) 177 copies, 7 reviews
Sixteen Short Novels (Composer) 161 copies
The French Lieutenant's Woman [1981 film] (Original book) 110 copies, 3 reviews
Trees: A Celebration (Contributor) 11 copies

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John Fowles, geboren in 1926, studeerde aan de universiteit van Oxford, waar hij later Frans doceerde. Op zesendertigjarige leeftijd werd hij plotseling beroemd door het succes van zijn eerste roman The Collector (1963). Zijn faam werd nog bevestigd door de verfilming van dit eerste boek en door de twee lijvige romans die volgden: The Magus (De magiër, 1966) en The French Lietenant’s Woman (Het liefje van de Franse luitenant, 1969). Vooral dit laatste boek bezorgde Fowles in de Verenigde Staten een ongekend grote populariteit. In 1974 verscheen Fowles’ tot nu toe laatste boek, de novellenbundel The Ebony Tower (De ebbehouten toren). Fowles woont tegenwoordig in de Zuid-engelse badplaats Lyme Regis, waar zich ook een groot gedeelte van Het liefje van de Franse luitenant afspeelt (flaptekst).
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