Alan Sillitoe: The Death of William Posters (3762 words)


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The Death of William Posters (1965) was Alan Sillitoe’s fourth novel and the first of a trilogy which includes A Tree on Fire (1967) and The Flame of Life (1974). It has the widest social and geographical scope of his novels so far, sending its protagonist, Frank Dawley, an escapee from working-class life, into Lincolnshire (with flashbacks to Nottingham), and then on to London, Spain, Majorca, Tangier and the Morrocan/Algerian border, and involving him in successive relationships with two middle-class married women, Pat Shipley and Myra Bassingfield. Posters is told in the third person and moves between the points of view of Frank, Pat and Myra, and their respective husbands, Keith and George. Compared to S…

Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "The Death of William Posters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2010 [, accessed 19 September 2020.]

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