The Professor was Rex Warner's second novel, published in 1938, only a year after his groundbreaking first novel, The Wild Goose Chase. It is one of the most extraordinary and enduring political novels from the 1930s and further confirmed Warner's status as a major writer.
A Professor of Classics is appointed Chancellor of his (unnamed) country, under threat from both the g...more
The Professor, Rex Warner, Penguin 1944 (171 pages).
This is a decent novel and a fascinating artefact. First published in 1938, it is a direct response to the tide of totalitarianism that was then sweeping across Europe. My copy was published in 1944, when that trend had reached its dreadful apotheosis, and is distinctly of its time. Here I reproduce some of the adverts found on the ...more
This was written in 1938 yet the detail regarding a country coming under fascist control seems quite prophetic and you would assume was written post war. Warner has a brilliant political and philosophical brain that created a thought provoking,compelling and well crafted novel. It must have been a fascinating topical read at he time of publication and remans well worth visiting after all this time.
I am now looking for the Orange Penguin of his ...more