John Fowles

John Fowles


Born
in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, The United Kingdom
March 31, 1926

Died
November 05, 2005

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John Robert Fowles was born in Leigh-on-Sea, a small town in Essex. He recalled the English suburban culture of the 1930s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. Of his childhood, Fowles said "I have tried to escape ever since."

Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in 1945 with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by 1947 he had decided that the military life was not for him.

Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discov
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Polls

August 2016 New School Group Read

 
  47 votes, 25.4%

 
  20 votes, 10.8%

1931, The Waves by Virginia Woolf, 297 pages
 
  18 votes, 9.7%

1966, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 176 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.2%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.2%

 
  16 votes, 8.6%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 282 pages
 
  13 votes, 7.0%

1990, Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.4%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.4%

1996, The Beach by Alex Garland, 436 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.7%

1948, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1949, The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr., 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

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  3 votes, 1.6%

1924, Precious Bane by Mary Webb, 328 pages
 
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