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Generations of youngsters have grown up with Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and all in their neighbors, households, and diverse pets. for everybody who has loved the pranks and schemes, embarrassing moments, and the entire different poignant and colourful pictures of adolescence delivered to existence in Beverly Cleary books, here's the interesting actual tale of the awesome girl who created them.

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914dc21 9733887 Page v Contents Editor's Preface vii Preface ix Chapter One The Making of a Writer 1 Chapter Two Literary Touchstones 15 Chapter Three Sillitoe and the New Existentialism 26 Chapter Four The Search for Identity in Sillitoe's Love Stories 53 Chapter Five "Out of a Mind": A Necessary Madness in Sillitoe's "Thought Adventures" 82 Chapter Six Sillitoe's Defiant Women 120 Chapter Seven Past and Present 154 Notes 178 Bibliography 183 Index 192 Page vii Editor's Preface The volumes of Understanding Contemporary British Literature have been planned as guides or companions for students as well as good nonacademic readers.

This writer has always had a large reading audience in his native England and in other countries such as Germany, Russia, and Japan. He is also recognized in the United States, where more and more of his fiction is being read on university campuses and by the general reading public. His first two and still most widely read works are Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), a novel, and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1959), a collection of short stories. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was made into a movie that was directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Lindsay Anderson, starring Albert Finney as its rebellious young antihero, Arthur Seaton.

It was followed by a Page 10 collection of short stories published in 1963 under the title The Ragman's Daughter. The title story of this work was made into a movie in 1972. " In 1965, The Death of William Posters, the first in a sociopolitical trilogy concerning the life of the central character, Frank Dawley, in his struggle for personal identity was published. After seeing a sign that reads "Bill Posters Will Be Prosecuted," Dawley invents a character whom he names "William Posters" who comes to represent the fight for recognition and freedom of the working class.

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