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Like A Fiery Elephant: The Story Of B.S. Johnson Jonathan Coe

Like A Fiery Elephant: The Story Of B.S. Johnson

Jonathan Coe

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ISBN : 9780330350488
Hardcover
486 pages
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In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B S Johnson was one of the best-known young novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, he became famous -- not to say notorious -- both for hisMoreIn his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B S Johnson was one of the best-known young novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, he became famous -- not to say notorious -- both for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his idiosyncratic ways of putting them into practice. His innovations included books with holes cut through the pages, and a novel published in a box so its unbound chapters could be read in any order. But in November 1973 Johnsons lifelong depression got the better of him, and he was found dead at his North London home. He had taken his own life at the age of 40. Jonathan Coes long awaited biography is based upon unique access to the vast collection of papers Johnson left behind after his death, and upon dozens of interviews with those who knew him best.