Malcolm Bradbury: Eating People is Wrong

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Malcolm Bradbury (1932-2000) made his debut as a novelist with Eating People Is Wrong in 1959. That debut is now more than half a century old, and appeared only five years after Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim, a novel referred to briefly in Bradbury’s narrative, and one year before the ground-breaking Lady Chatterley verdict, which changed fiction in Britain and its commonwealth markets for ever. Yet despite several intertextual references to Lucky Jim there is a palpable generational difference from the Oxford-educated Amis’ ineluctably comic portrayal of a thinly-disguised University College of Swansea, Wales, and Bradbury’s portrayal of a nameless provincial university. For in 1950, when Bradbury …

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Todd, Richard. "Eating People is Wrong". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2011
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