The history man: a novel

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Houghton Mifflin, 1976 - Fiction - 230 pages
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Free love and free living are the rules the Kirks live by, but their lives become challenged by their beliefs.

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Period piece, from the pre-Thatcher idyll of public sector largesse. Long-haired radical embraces a self-righteous rejection of establishment conformity, whilst sleeping around, exploring and exposing ... Read full review

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The Kirks are are an interesting couple. Howard Kirk is a professor of sociology with a "convenient" marriage. Both Howard and his wife, Barbara, take advantage of sexual relationships that further ... Read full review

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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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