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Title: Stephen Reynolds, a biographical and critical study
Author: Osborne, John Dalton.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3460 4644
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 1978
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The thesis provides the first detailed of biography of Stephen Reynolds, together with an assessment of his writings. It also seeks to place his work within the social context of the Edwardian era and to relate his achievement to that of certain other writers of the period. The biographical section has been drawn from Reynolds' own writings, including published and unpublished sources, but has also taken account of personal reminiscences of surviving relatives and friends. Reynolds' life-style was highly idiosyncratic. His abandonment of middle class society in favour of a working life as a fisherman illustrates the problems involved in a sustained attempt to cross the class barrier in the early years of the twentieth century. The thesis tries to present some at least of the motivations which led Reynolds to prefer the identity of a working fisherman to that of his actual social origins. It also traces his development as a writer from the setbacks of his early attempts at literary recognition to the distinct, if limited, success of such books as A Poor Man's House and Seems So and the subsequent diversion of his energies from writing fiction and essays into the praactical work of fisheries' administrator. In particular his contacts with Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Conrad and and the English Review are given detailed treatment. Throughout, it is argued that Reynolds deserves recognition as a writer of both literary and social interest. The unusual circumstances of his life give credence to his point of view and he is to be valued both for the elegance and clarity of his style and as a significant interpreter of working class opinion at a time of accelerating social change. The appendices include a series of previously unpublished letters from Conrad to Reynolds.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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