Bernice Rubens is one of England's elder stateswomen of literature, and I,Dreyfus upholds her reputation for producing stately and polished fiction with a serious moral intent. For Rubens, the anti-semitism which rocked France at the turn of the last century has not gone away. This time it crops up in 1990s England. Sir Alfred Dreyfus is the headmaster of a Church of Engla...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Dreyfus is a talented school master who works his way up to be headmaster of a famous public school and is even knighted for services to education. Then, at the age of 48, disaster strikes as he is accused of the murder of a school boy, tried and found guilty. A publisher persuades him to write his autobiography and Sam Temple becomes his agent and friend, encouraging him to keep on writing to fight his depression while in jail. Dreyfus has been almost inadvertently concealing the fact that he i...more
Is this the German edition, or is it some sort of weird alternative title where the title is in German for some inscrutable reason but the text is still English? I wouldn't ask except that there seems to *be* no English-language edition of "I, Dreyfus" on GoodReads. BadReads! No biscuit! How do I add a book directly, anyway? Because this is such a great book. I love Bernice Rubens and outside of the UK, at any rate, no one has ever heard of her. Not sure what her popularity is like outside of th...more
Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year...moreMore about Bernice Rubens...