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RIP John Fowles

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British author John Fowles, who wrote masterpieces like The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus, passed away at the age of 79. There have been a number of small articles and obituaries popping up in the media.

–The CBC ran this obituary about Fowles.

–The Times Online provided this overview of Fowles, including some good background information.

–The BBC ran this piece that stated “his genius lay as much in his masterly storytelling as his experiments with storytelling itself, most notably by incorporating the figure of the author as a capricious, unreliable commentator on characters and events.” They also published this obituary of the author.

–CNN picked up this AP report about his passing.

–Sarah Lyall in the New York Times provies the most detailed discussion of the man’s work I’ve seen so far, describing his background, each of his books, and explaining his postmodern techniques.

–The John Fowles website features this appreciation of the author.

I’m sure more items will appear throughout the day so keep your eyes open for discussion on this sad event.