David Storey (1933-2017) was the author of eleven novels, fifteen plays, a poetry collection, a short humorous fiction, and a posthumously published memoir; he was also a talented painter. His writing often focuses on male protagonists of working-class origin in or from the North of England, and combines social realism, solidly rooted in specific characters and environments, with symbolist, allegorical, and absurdist elements. It can also accommodate droll humour and rich epiphanies. Key themes are the entrapment of working-class and middle-class characters in constricting social situations and personal relationships; their attempted escapes from these; the interplay of a “masculine” hardness and a “feminine” sensitivity within and between characters; intergenerational…

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Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "David Storey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 June 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4250, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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