C. P. Snow: Last Things

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Last Things (1970) is the eleventh and final novel in C. P. Snow’s “Strangers and Brothers” sequence. Lewis Eliot is the first-person narrator of the whole series, but in this novel he is also the main protagonist, as in Time of Hope (1949), the first novel of the sequence, and Homecomings (1956), the seventh. In the course of Last Things, which runs from September 1964 to July 1968, Sir Lewis Eliot, now a writer and eminent public man, turns sixty; engages with various members of the younger generation; refuses a job as a junior minister in a Labour Government; witnesses the physical and mental decline of his father-in-law, Austin Davidson; dies himself for over three minutes, long enough to c…

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Last Things". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2007
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