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C. P. Snow was born on October 15, 1905 in Leicester, England. He graduated from Leicester University and received a doctorate in physics at the University of Cambridge. After working at Cambridge in molecular physics for about 20 years, he became a university administrator. During World War II, he show more was a scientific adviser to the British government. He was knighted in 1957 and created a Baron in the life peerage in 1964. He wrote an 11-volume novel sequence collectively called Strangers and Brothers, which was published between 1940 and 1970. His other works of fiction include Death Under Sail, In Their Wisdom, and A Coat of Varnish. He also wrote several non-fiction works including The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, Public Affairs, Trollope: His Life and Art, and The Realists: Eight Portraits. He died on July 1, 1980 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by C.P. Snow

The Masters (1951) 553 copies
Corridors of Power (1964) 382 copies
The Affair (1960) 330 copies
The New Men (1954) 322 copies
Time of Hope (1949) 231 copies
The Sleep of Reason (1968) 216 copies
Science and government (1961) 205 copies
George Passant (1940) 201 copies
The Conscience of the Rich (1958) 200 copies
Death Under Sail (1932) 184 copies
The Light and the Dark (1947) 181 copies
Last Things (1970) 173 copies
A Coat of Varnish (1979) 172 copies

Associated Works

A Mathematician's Apology (1940) — Foreword, some editions — 1,374 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contributor — 802 copies
Energy (1963) — Consulting editor, some editions — 191 copies
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contributor — 33 copies
A Book of Essays (1963) — Contributor — 26 copies
The affair,: A play, (1962) — Original novel — 17 copies


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A very well-written novel exploring the vanities and insecurities of a group of senior tutors in their efforts to elect a new master of their college in Cambridge, England. This is #4 in an 11 book series tracing the life of one British man in the years around WWII. I've ordered the first book in the series and look forward to reading the entire lot!
jemisonreads | 10 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
The bookstore mistakenly sent me this one instead of Janet Frame's A State of Siege; thought I might as well read it—but now I'm doubly disappointed I didn't get the right book.
KatrinkaV | Oct 8, 2023 |
My mother had been recommending the first of the Strangers and Brothers books for sometime. Perhaps it was because if the strongvrevommrndation that I found it a little underwhelming. The story follows Lewis as he grows up, his early childhood, his father's business failure and on as his makes his way on the career ladder. Lewis is someone with whom one feels sympathy, he is poor but ambitious, working hard to rise above his working class origins at a time when this was much harder.

However, Lewis in love is not so engaging. He has the misfortune to love a woman who doesn't return his affections and instead becomes a dead weight, holding him back from a promising career. There are times when reading this when you want to shake him and shout "pull yourself together man", something his friends continually advise but Lewis is deaf.

It's an engaging read for the wonderful characters who are very real, even if it's a bit if a frustrating story.
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Cotswoldreader | 3 other reviews | Jun 20, 2023 |
1959 is the year in which this text was written (or actually the corresponding speech given). It now sounds not only as an anticipation of a "third culture" that we might (maybe) recognize in the diffusion of new medias. It's also a brilliant, euro-centric view on our educational situation. Plus, it gives an interesting view of industrial revolution consequences.
d.v. | 14 other reviews | May 16, 2023 |



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