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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

Paperback, 171 pages
Published 1945 by Penguin Books
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May 26, 2011 Samuel rated it liked it
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Rather a charming tale of political upheaval and morality verging on dystopian disaster, albeit with a tendency to get bogged-down in the philosophical and psychological at times.
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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
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Jan 12, 2016 Christian Schwoerke rated it liked it
Warner wrote three political novels in succession at the beginning of his writing career: The Wild Goose Chase, The Professor, and The Aerodrome. I’ve yet to read the first, but I observe that both Aerodrome and Professor exhibit an almost fabulist style of writing, where events and characters are emblems and types rather than naturalistically rendered unique individuals. This is more evident in The Professor, where the details of events are also smoothed over so that it is the general outline ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Read a 1945 edition Orange penguin series number 482

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
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Rex Warner (9 March 1905 – 24 June 1986) was an English classicist, writer and translator. He is now probably best remembered for The Aerodrome (1941), an allegorical novel whose young hero is faced with the disintegration of his certainties about his loved ones and with a choice between the earthy, animalistic life of his home village and the pure, efficient, emotionally detached life of an ...more
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