Together with Malcolm Bradbury, Kingsley Amis and A. S. Byatt, David Lodge (born in 1935) is often described as being one of the most distinguished representatives of campus fiction, a subject which became particularly popular in the second half of the twentieth century in Britain. However, Lodge’s prolific production cannot be limited to that niche, as it is marked by a great versatility in terms of literary genres, narrative modes, stylistic features and thematic concerns. An accomplished novelist, playwright, screenplay writer and literary critic, Lodge started his career by publishing realistic novels such as The Picturegoers (1960), Ginger, You’re Barmy (1962) and Out of the Shelter (1970), and then moved on to what critics called ‘Catholic novels’. The British Museum Is Falling Down (1965) was particularly challenging and examined the effects of the Catholic church’s teaching about birth control on the lives of married Catholics;it was followed by HowFar Can You Go? (1980), which won the Whitbread Prize, and Paradise News (1991). Lodge, who was a Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Birmingham where he had worked since 1960, then became a very successful novelist with the publication of the Rummidge trilogy — ChangingPlaces (1975), Small World (1984) and Nice Work (1988) — campus novels full of satire, comedy and parody, the latter two having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Published a few years later, Therapy (1995) moved away from academic romps and addressed the modern issue of depression.
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