Selected Essays

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Bloomsbury, 2001 - Art - 588 pages
Booker-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, poet and critic, John Berger has excelled in a variety of literary fields. This collection of essays takes a definitive look at his career. Berger's essays were ground breaking, polemic, reflective, and radically original. Spanning more than 40 years of intellectual enquiry and political engagement, these essays are viewed chronologically to provide a kind of vicarious autobiography and a history of time refracted through the prism of art.

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About the author (2001)

John Peter Berger was born in London, England on November 5, 1926. After serving in the British Army from 1944 to 1946, he enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art. He began his career as a painter and exhibited work at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. He then worked as an art critic for The New Statesman for a decade. He wrote fiction and nonfiction including several volumes of art criticism. His novels include A Painter of Our Time, From A to X, and G., which won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize in 1972. His other works include an essay collection entitled Permanent Red, Into Their Labors, and a book and television series entitled Ways of Seeing. In the 1970s, he collaborated with the director Alain Tanner on three films. He wrote or co-wrote La Salamandre, The Middle of the World, and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000. He died on January 1, 2017 at the age of 90.

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham in 1958. He currently lives in London.

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