C. P. Snow: The Masters

(2543 words)

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 exclusive. It …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Tredell, Nicolas. "The Masters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=204, accessed 27 September 2016.]