Gentleman Rider: A Life of Joyce Cary by Alan Bishop

Gentleman Rider: A Life of Joyce Cary by Alan Bishop lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Michael Joseph, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: Joyce Gary is one of the great English novelists of this century. He is also one of the most complex and controversial. A writer with a varied and vivid experience of the world, whose work relates more to the European tradition of such writers as Tolstoy and Balzac than to his British contemporaries, Gary has always aroused an intriguing range of contradictory responses, both to his work and his personality. In Gentleman Rider Alan Bishop draws a masterly portrait of the multi-faceted character which lay behind Garys often apparently uncomplicated, unselfconscious exterior, and illuminates brilliantly the works whose comic vitality and vision hold a unique place in the literature of the twentieth century.

Bishop traces Garys life from his birth into a major, but declining Anglo-Irish family, through a brief flirtation with Bohemianism in Oxford and Paris, to his first taste of war in the Balkans. He examines Garys years spent as a colonial administrator in Nigeria, where he confronted in his daily duties many of the issues, such as injustice and mans inherent creativity, which were to inspire some of his greatest works. And Bishop follows Garys career through to the full flowering of his fame with the publication of The Horses Mouth in 1944, and onto his later family years in Oxford, where he enjoyed the respect of some of the foremost literary figures of his time.

Writing with unfailing insight and a deep knowledge of Garys tremendous energy and zest for life, Alan Bishop has captured the essence of one of the most independent and elusive figures in twentieth-century literature. Gentleman Rider is an important and fascinating biography of a man who inspired a whole generation with his life and works.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 408 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Biography category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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