Sir Angus Wilson

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  • Marina MacKay (University of Durham)

Angus Wilson was born in Bexhill-on-Sea, on the English south coast, in 1913, the sixth child of impoverished upper-middle-class parents. The youngest by thirteen years of the six brothers, Angus Frank Johnstone-Wilson was a spoiled and petted child, who, by his own admission, spent too much time with adults. His father, Willie, was the descendant of a landed family on the Scottish borders, his mother, Maud, the daughter of wealthy South African colonials. Willie's indigence ensured that the marriage was a troubled one; living erratically on Willie Johnstone-Wilson's unearned income, badly invested, and further limited by Willie's gentlemanly tastes, the family and its finances were never stable. After a failed experiment at moving to …

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MacKay, Marina. "Sir Angus Wilson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
[, accessed 06 July 2015.]

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