Stepping Westward

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Penguin Books, 1968 - Fiction - 344 pages
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"The Benedict Arnold University in America's Midwest perfectly fulfils all the criteria of an excellent academic institution: a bookstore well stocked with ring binders, good parking facilities and efficient air conditioning. Since the beginning of the year the English Department has even boasted a genuine Englishman, James Walker, teacher of creative writing." "Once hailed as an angry young man, Walker is, in fact, a mildly irritated man in his thirties with three 'promising' novels to his credit. Socially inadequate, a dedicated liberal short on commitment and drive, Walker is not, perhaps, an ideal candidate for the post he was summoned so auspiciously to fill..."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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About the author (1968)

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

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