C. P. Snow: The Masters

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The Masters (1951), a compelling account of the struggle to elect a new Master of a Cambridge college, is probably C. P. Snow’s best-known and most critically esteemed novel. It was the fourth book to be published in his “Strangers and Brothers” series and he placed it fifth when he rearranged the sequence for the 1972 omnibus edition. Within the series, it is the second of a “Cambridge” trilogy which starts with The Light and the Dark (1947) and ends with The Affair (1960). The Masters partly overlaps with The Light and the Dark, which covers the period 1934-43, but it is much more concentrated in terms of time, place and action, and its cast of characters is more …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "The Masters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2007
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