C. P. Snow: In Their Wisdom

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In Their Wisdom (1974) was the second of C. P. Snow’s novels to appear after he finished his eleven-book “Strangers and Brothers” series (1940-70). His previous novel, The Malcontents (1972), had tried, boldly though not always successfully, to enter the world of the radical young of the period. In Their Wisdom returns to middle-aged and elderly characters and seems much more assured. Several of the characters (like Snow himself at this time) are members of the House of Lords, another privileged British enclave to be represented in Snow’s oeuvre, which also encompasses (in “Strangers and Brothers”) Lincoln’s Inn, a Cambridge college, and the “corridors of power” in Westminster and Whitehall. D…

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Tredell, Nicolas. "In Their Wisdom". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 June 2007
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