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The Imagination on Trial: British and American Writers Discuss Their Working Methods

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Hardcover, 170 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Allison & Busby
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MJ Nicholls
Robust collection of interviews from a somewhat strange mix of writers (John Gardner and Tom Mallin?! Grace Paley and Michael Moorcock!?), the best of them conducted by Alan Burns (some are transcripts from stage appearances or events), from 1981. The most interesting aspect is the language and tone each writer takes in conversation: Wilson Harris’s convoluted explanations of the creative art, Alan Sillitoe’s foul-mouthed mysticism, Ishmael Reed’s outspoken bluntness, Eva Figes’s quiet industrio ...more
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Alan Burns published eight novels, two essay collections, a play, and a short story collection. Major works include Europe After the Rain, Celebrations, Babel, and Dreamerika! A Surrealist Fantasy. From the 1960s on, he was associated with the loosely-constituted circle of experimental British writers influenced by Rayner Heppenstall that included Stefan Themerson, Eva Figes, Ann Quin and its info ...more