David Lodge is one of England's pre-eminent novelist-critics. His work in either sphere – fiction and literary criticism – would be sufficient to earn him recognition and esteem. His combination of the two over a long, prolific and impressive career has both demonstrated an admirable versatility and, somewhat more subtly, permitted the cross-fertilisation of fiction by literary theory and criticism. With his long-time friend and sometime collaborator, the late Malcolm Bradbury, Lodge helped to create the category of novelist-don (it is much more uncommon in Britain than in the US for creative writers to be university professors as well) and the contemporary genre of campus fiction. It is for his academic novels – perhaps most …
Moseley, Merritt. "David Lodge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001; last revised 30 November -1.
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