Brigid Brophy





Brigid Brophy

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born
in Ealing, Middlesex, England, The United Kingdom
June 12, 1929

died
August 07, 1995

gender
female


About this author

Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey (12 June 1929, in Ealing, Middlesex, England – 7 August 1995, in Louth, Lincolnshire, England) was an English novelist, essayist, critic, biographer, and dramatist. In the Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Novelists since 1960, S. J. Newman described her as "one of the oddest, most brilliant, and most enduring of [the] 1960s symptoms."

She was a feminist and pacifist who expressed controversial opinions on marriage, the Vietnam War, religious education in schools, sex (she was openly bisexual), and pornography. She was a vocal campaigner for animal rights and vegetarianism. A 1965 Sunday Times article by Brophy is credited by psychologist Richard D. Ryder with having triggered the formation of the an...more


Average rating: 3.83 · 146 ratings · 30 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
In Transit: An Heroi-Cyclic...
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The King of a Rainy Country
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Flesh
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1962 — 7 editions
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Fifty Works of English Lite...
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1967 — 2 editions
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Hackenfeller's Ape
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1964 — 3 editions
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The Snow Ball
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1964 — 6 editions
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Black Ship to Hell
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The Finishing Touch
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1963 — 5 editions
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Palace Without Chairs
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1978 — 3 editions
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The Adventures of God in Hi...
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1974 — 5 editions
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More books by Brigid Brophy…
“Whenever people say, 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.”
Brigid Brophy

“Sentimentalist” is the abuse with which people counter the accusation that they are cruel, thereby implying that to be sentimental is worse than to be cruel, which it isn’t.”
Brigid Brophy

“In a sense, the first (if not necessarily the prime) function of a novelist, of ANY artist, is to entertain. If the poem, painting, play or novel does not immediately engage one's surface interest then it has failed. Whatever else it may or may not be, art is also entertainment. Bad art fails to entertain. Good art does something in addition.”
Brigid Brophy, Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without