- Web Resources for
- Contemporary British Literature
Below you'll find web links for British history and culture and for the authors we're reading this semester, as well as other authors from the period. Some sites are better than others; as always when using the web, evaluate not only the quantity of the information presented, but its quality (the source of that information or its sponsor, date uploaded, etc.).
British History and Culture
- England in the Twentieth Century (by Peter Williams, from
Post-War Year, Thatcher's
government and the "Dismantling of the Welfare State",
Governments of John Major and Tony Blair.
- British History Post-WWII at the BBC web pages on "The Making of Modern Britain" includes links to information on "Britain, the Commonwealth, and the End of Empire," the Suez Crisis in 1956, Thatcherism and its legacy, and multi-racial Britain.
- "A Short History of Immigration" from BBC news offers information about immigration in 1946-1948, 1950-1971, 1972-1979, the 1980s, and 1987-2002.
- "Arriving in Britain," the introduction to the web exhibition "Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Britain, 1500-1850" at the National Archives, provides information about race in Britain. See the galleries on Early Times, Work and Community, and Culture, in particular. (For more resources on Black Britain, visit the resources page for ENGL 350: Black Britain at Humbolt State University; also, listen to a RealAudio story from NPR's Morning Edition for June 22, 1998 on the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in England.)
Partition of India provides maps before and after partition,
a timeline of British presence in India (1600-1971), a discussion
of the reasons for partition, and further resources.
- The Carribean.
- Also see the General Literary Resources
below for more information on post-imperialism and post-colonialism.
- Web sites for Channel 4's The 1900 House and The 1940s House offer a contemporary perpective on these two time periods.
- History of paperback book publishing in the U.K.
- The British Pathe web site and YouTube channel hold an archive of videos, including those features London culture and places.
- An overview of immigration, post-World War II, from the National Archives.
- The British Library has a series of short histories on immigration, including "Immigration from India" and "Windrush: Post-War Immigration."
- Videos on immigration
- Videos of London
- Exploring 20th Century London provides information about cultural events, people, and places organized by themes, places, and timeline, including:
The London Transport Museum provides an online gallery of images dating from the 19th century, including a number of images from World War II.
- Moving Here provides information about immigration to London as well as other parts of England.
- Ten Generations draws upon a variety of resources to present London life across ten generations, oragnized by themes such as Communities and Work.
- PhotoLondon provides a selection of images from the 19th and 20th centuries from a variety of public collections.
- Derelict London records images of the city in disrepair or destruction.
- Six of One,
The Prisoner Appreciation Society, offers a wealth of information
about this cult favorite starring Patrick MacGoohan. "The
Prisoner" was broadcast first in the UK in 1967 and then
in the US in June, 1968.
- Kipp Teague's well-organized RetroWeb Classic Television
Page for "The
Prisoner" is the official "sister site" to
that of Six of One, The Prisoner Appreciation Society. It offers
"original publicity write-up on the series by ITC, including
descriptions of each episode and several high-quality episode
- BBC Four provides a brief overview of the series, which they re-aired for a programme series "Art & the 60s: Summer in the Sixties" in 2004.
- BFI's Screenland also offers a brief overview of the series, as well as video clips and links.
- Read about recent re-releases of "Prisoner" episodes
and other news in Frantz Lidz's "After 34 Years, Unable to Let Go Of The Prisoner" (New York Times, 19 Oct 2000).
- The Avengers Forever offers a comprehensive site on The Avengers.
- James Dawe's Unofficial Home Page about The Avengers, an award-winning site from the UK on this other cult t.v. favorite. [currently offline]
- A comphrensive site about the Festival of Britain in 1951, which celebrated "the achievements in all fields of activity of the United Kingdom soley" (Lord Ismay, 1951).
The Booker Prize
The Orange Prize
- "Textual Politics" (Guardian, 6 March 2005) offers a history of this controversial award for women's fiction.
- The Orange Prize also sponsors various surveys and research projects related to women writers
General Literary Resources
- The British Council's site on Contemporary Writers offers a brief biography of Agard.
- A discussion of Agard's time at the poet in residence at the BBC in 1998, the 50th anniversary of the Windrush's arrival.
- The British Council's site on Contemporary Writers offers a brief biography of Ali.
- "My Year as a Star," an interview with Ali for the Telegraph (10 May 2004), offers some details about Ali's life as a writer before and since the publication of Brick Lane.
- Ali is represented by The Marsh Agency; from their homepage, click on her name or photograph, and then on the link for Brick Lane for a list of countries where the novel has been published and for a collection of reviews.
- Natasha Walter's review of Brick Lane, "Citrus scent of inexorable desire" (14 June 2003), from the Guardian.
- "Local Protests over Brick Lane Film" (Guardian, 18 July 2006) describes how residents of Brick Lane are trying to prevent filming of Ali's novel in East London; other Guardian article offers some further information.
- Some history on Tower Hamlets.
- "It's Brick Lane by any other name" (Guardian, 14 Sept 2003) offers a discussion about the publication of Brick Lane for the US market.
- Responding to the film adaptation of Brick Lane and the people who criticized Ali's depiction of the community, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues for why "Every Londoner Should See This Film" (Evening Standard, 16 Nov 2007).
- Web resources: "Why Lucky Jim Turned Right" , Gareth Jenkins' interesting essay that reevaluates Amis' "angry young man" status.
- Listen to excerpts from several BBC Four interviews with Kingsley Amis.
- Recommended reading: Lucky Jim (1953).
- Web resources: The Margaret Atwood Society homepage provides up-to-date information on Atwood's writing as well as an extensive bibliography and links to other sites.
- Recommended reading: The Handmaid's Tale (1985).
- Reviews and critical essays:
- Information on Dr.W.H.R. Rivers:
- Links to historical background on the First World War:
- Explore the site for World War One at BBC Knowledge for links to a summary of the war years, Daily Mirror articles from the 1940s about the war, interviews with veterans, a 3-D virtual tour of a trench, and information about making of the UK feature-length television drama "All the King's Men" (1999).
- "The War Poets at Craiglockhart" (sponsored by Napier University, which resides on the former site of Craiglockhart Hospital) offers a history the site in the context of WWI and the poets who stayed there.
- The First World War Poetry Archive: an on-line archive with material on Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, other poets, and WWI which offers an incredibly deep resource for background material on Barker's novel, including digital facsimiles of all of Owen's war poetry, a selection of his letters and photographs, and his personal records. In addition, the archive has over 250 Photographs of the Western Front (1914-1918); 250 Modern Photographs of the Western Front; c.50 Video Clips from the 1916 films "The Battle of the Somme" and "The Battle of the Ancre: The Advance of the Tanks" (QuickTime and MPEG); 100 Audio Clips from interviews with veterans from the Great War (RealAudio);and c.30 Modern Video Clips of the Western Front. (Most of the photos were taken from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.)
- Information about The Hydra, the publication of Craiglockhart Hospital edited by Wilfred Owen during his stay at Craiglockhart, and about the grounds of Craiglockhart Hospital.
- Information about the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment).
- Web resources: The Julian Barnes Page for a brief biographical profile and links to bibliography, critical works, and interviews.
- Recommended reading: England, England (1998) and Flaubert's Parrot (1984).
- The British Council's website on Contemporary Authors offers a biography of Byatt.
- A web site devoted to A.S. Byatt has links to information about her books, appearances, essays written by Byatt (including an introduction for Babel Tower), and an extensive bibliography of Byatt's work and secondary criticism on her work.
(Links courtesty of the Internet Archive.)
- The Guardian Books page for Byatt has a brief overview of her career and recommendations for further reading.
- Interviews and reviews
- Background for Babel Tower (1996), the third novel in the Frederica Quartet:
J. M. Coetzee
- The British Council's website on Contemporary Authors offers a brief biography of Cope.
- An author profile of Cope from the BBC pages.
- The Poetry Archive provides a brief overview of Cope's career with links to her reading some of her poems.
- An interview with Cope from the Guardian ("Happiness Writes Good Poems," 3 June 2001), on the occasion of a new collection of her poetry.
- Cope discusses the possessions with meaning in her life in the multi-media slide show "Wendy Cope: Pieces of Me" (Guardian, 6 Jul 2008).
- Web resources: The Roddy Doyle Page.
- Recommended reading: The Commitments (1987) and Booker Prize Winner Paddy Clark, Ha Ha Ha (1993).
- A overview of Fielding's work as of 2008 appears at the Guardian.
- Penguin USA has a reader's guide to Fielding's novel, which includes an interview with Fielding, a brief biography and more.
- Check out the differences between the US and UK dust-jackets for Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason.
- The Bridget Archive provides links to interviews, reviews, and additional information.
- The transcript from an online chat with Fielding in 1998 with Time.com.
- "The Chick Lit Challenge" (March/April 2004, Utne) offers an overview of chick lit, a publishing trend which began with Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary.
Review of Fielding's Bridget Jones Diary and Nick Hornby's About
- If you enjoyed Fielding, try Nick Hornby or Roddy Doyle.
- John Fowles -- The Web Site offers biographical information, as well as information about Fowles' projects, awards, and his nomination for the Nobel Prize.
- Biographical sketch and information on Fowles' papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at UT Austin.
and articles about/by Fowles in the NYT, including Christopher Lehmann-Haupt's review of The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969).
- Detailed discussions of realism in the context of the Victorian novel, the realist novel, and the postmodern novel, as well as a detailed discussion of metafiction
and historiographic metafiction. A comparison of the Victorian novel and the modernist novel might be helpful, too.
- The BBC's "History Trail" for Victorian England offers a range of information about every-day life in England during the 19th century, including a section on "The Ideals of Womanhood."
- Further information about people, places, and things which appear in Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman:
- If you enjoyed Fowles, try Julian Barnes.
- A biography of Haddon at the British Council's site for Contemporary Writers.
- A detailed Reader's Guide to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is available through Vintage / Random House.
- Haddon reflects on the success of Curious Incident... and on writing fiction in "B is for Bestseller" (Guardian, 11 April 2004).
- An interview with Haddon at Powells.com.
- Charlotte Moore reviews Curious Incident... in "Just the Facts, Ma'am" (Guardian, 24 May 2003), which includes an image of the U.K. adult edition's dust-jacket design.
- A review of Curious Incident... -- "A Journey to Shock and Enlighten" (Guardian, 29 Jan 2004 ) -- by William Schofield, a student with Asperger's syndrome.
- Nani Power reviews Curious Incident... in "Feeling His Way" (Washington Post, 10 Aug 2003).
- John Mullan's four-part discussion of Curious Incident... for the Guardian: "Through Innocent Eyes" (24 April 2004), "Expletives Not Deleted" (1 May 2004), "Letters Patent" (8 May 2004), and "Funny Old World" (15 May 2004)
- Mark Haddon's own website, where you can view the dust-jacket and cover designs for a number of international editions of Curious Incident....
- A brief biography of Horny at the British Council's site for Contemporary Writers.
- Nick Hornby's own web site.
- Penguin's web site for Hornby has a link to an interview with Hornby about his work, including Fever Pitch, and about his writing interests.
- Penguin Putnam's web site has a brief biography, as does the "Nick Hornby" page at the BBC Book Pages.
- The Guardian Books page on "Nick Hornby" offers a brief overview of his work, followed by links to Guardian reviewsof Hornby's work and interviews with Hornby.
- An interview with Hornby at Salon about Fever Pitch (1995) and High Fidelity (1996).
- For some further cultural context, you might want to read the (often "R" rated) football songs and chants of the English League teams -- such as Arsenal, Leeds United, Man U, and others -- as well as songs and chants for the England National Team.
For general information about football chants, visit the Wikipedia page, "Football chant."
- The Poetry Archive provides a brief overview of Hughes's career with links to him reading two of his poems.
Ted Hughes Pages, maintained by Claas Kazzer, provide a wide range of information about Hughes' life and death, as well as his poetry and essays, with links to information about Hughes' work.
- The Ted Hughes Society Journal has a set of links to a range of Ted Hughes Resources Online, including biographical and manuscripts and archives.
- Some of Ted Hughes's papers are located at Emory University's Manuscript, Archive, and Rare Book Library; at its site, you can see details about the holdings and read a brief overview of Hughes's career.
- Other papers, as well as sound recordings, are held by the British Library.
- A ten-year archive of articles and reviews on Hughes at the Guardian, including a profile of Hughes by poet Simon Armitage following the ten-year anniversary of Hughes's death.
of Hughes' work and related articles by/about Hughes in the
New York Times, at a site dedicated to the work of Plath and Hughes.
- The British Council's biography of Ishiguro.
- "Living Memories" (Guardian, 18 Feb 2005) provides a recent profile of Ishiguro.
- "The Hiding Place" (Telegraph, 6 March 2005) offers another profile.
- An interview with Ishiguro -- "For Me, England is a Mythical Place" (Guardian, 20 Feb 2005) --on the occaison of the publication of Never Let Me Go (2005).
- For historical context for Remains of the Day, visit the historical background resources above for the post-war years, including information on life after WWII and the Suez Crisis of 1956.
- If you enjoyed Ishiguro, try Penelope
Fitzgerald, A.S. Byatt, Pat
Barker, or Muriel Spark.
- A brief biography of Kay at the British Council's site for Contemporary Writers.
- A brief biography of Kay at the Poetry Archive, with links to Kay reading from her work.
- The British Council provides a biography of Levy as well as some other resources
- A biography of Levy at her author web site.
- "Empire's Child" (Guardian, 31 Jan 2004) offers an interview with Andrea Levy, and "The Guardian Profile: Andrea Levy" (Guardian, 21 Jan 2005) offers more information about Levy and her work.
- Levy describes her relationship with England and Britain in "This is My England" (Guardian, 19 Feb 2000).
- In "Made in Britain" (Guardian, 18 Sept 2004), Levy offers her description of the day 50 authors of Caribbean, Asian, and African decent appear to be photographed.
- Reviews of Levy's Small Island:
- In "Eyes on the Prizes" (Guardian, 31 Jan 2005), critic and historian John Sutherland reflects on the award culture in the context of the prizes awarded to Small Island: The Orange Prize (2004), Whitbread Novel of the Year (2004), and Whitbread Book of the Year (2004).
- The British Council provides a biography of Lodge as well as some other resources.
- The "David Lodge" page at Literary Heritage West Midlands offers a brief biography, a bibliography of Lodge's work, and some links to other resources.
- An interview with Lodge, published by România literar (18-24 April, 15/2001).
- "Bad Reviews Spoil My Lunch" (Telegraph, 23 Aug 2004) offers a recent profile of Lodge in the context of his recent novel about Henry James.
- Elaine Showalter reflects on the genre of academic novels in "Campus Follies" (Guardian, 10 Sept 2005), an excerpt from her book Faculty Towers: the Academic Novel and its Discontents (2005).
- If you enjoyed Lodge, try another academic novel by Kingsley
Amis or another view of the 1960s presented by A.S.
Byatt or Margaret Drabble.
- A biography of MacInnes is available through the University of Rochester, which holds a number of MacInnes's papers and manuscripts.
- Caryl Phillips "Kingdom of the Blind" (Guardian, 17 July 2004) provides a brief biography of MacInnes and an analysis of his place within the British literature of the 1950s.
- Nick Bentley provides a literary anaylsis of MacInnes's narrative form in "Writing 1950s London: Narrative Strategies in Colin MacInnes's City of Spades and Absolute Beginners" (2003).
- Historical Contexts
- On the 50th anniversay of the Notting Hill riot, the Independent offered a detailed account in "White Riot: The Week Notting Hill Exploded" (28 August 2008).
- The release in 2002 of previously secret police reports revealed details about the riots, as explained by the Guardian in "After 44 years secret papers reveal truth about five nights of violence in Notting Hill" (24 Aug 2002).
- Archival and recent videos about the Notting Hill riot
and London in 1958
- Information on "Teddy Boys" or "Teds"
- Interesting information about teenagers and the "Teddy Boy" in the UK in the 1950s.
- More information on "Teddy Boys," or "Teds," in comparison to punks and into recent decades, as well as more details about the "Teddy Boy" look and a picture (link courtesy of the Internet Archive).
- Another description of the development of the Teddy Boy culture during the post-war years, authored by Brian A. Rushgrove, with an emphasis on how the look was reported in commercial venues, along with quotations from the Daily Mail and other periodicals. (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- "Teddy Boys interviewed in 1950s England" offers a brief vintage video clip of Teds. (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- Rare photos of Teddy Girls, as well as a photo essay that discusses the Ted look for men and women, appear to be no longer online. However, you can read about the exhibit and see some photos in this blog post from 2008 and the article "When the Girls Came Out to Play" (Times, 5 March 2006). More photos and additional text from the Times article are available a page at The Edwardian Teddy Boy.
- At the BBC 20th Century Vox archive site, visit the "Entertainment" page and the excerpts under "Saturdays" to listen to former "Teddy Boys" talk about a Saturday night on the town. The excerpts "Down at the Boozer" and "Out with the Girls"offer some further historical context, too. (RealPlayer required.) (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- Further information about people, places, and things which appear in MacInnes's Absolute Beginners (1958):
- The BBC Author Pages for Ian McEwan offers a brief biography.
- The Ian McEwan Website provides links to bibliographies and criticism on McEwan's novels, including Atonement.
- Historical resources for Atonement:
- Atonement won the People's Booker in 2001 -- read the commentary on its award, and visit links to an audio and a video interview with McEwan.
- Some reviews and articles about/by McEwan in the NYT.
- An interview (31 March 1998) with McEwan at Salon.com, and another interview with Random House's Bold Type online magazine after the publication of Black Dogs (1992).
- Listen to part of a BBC Four interview with McEwan.
- A biography of Osborne posted on the BBC - Shropshire pages.
- "Fifty Years of Anger," by Marc Lawson (Guardian, 31 March 2006), recounts the history surroudning the opening night of Look Back in Anger on 8 May 1956.
- The National Theatre offers excerpts from critical reviews of a well-received production of Look Back in Anger, staged in 1999. (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- Resources on post-war drama from the "1956" program of Changing Stages.
- In "Godotmania" (Guardian, 4 Jan 2003), director Peter Hall discusses the influence of Beckett's Waiting for Godot on the British theater in the 1950s and the first British production, which appeared the year before Look Back in Anger. (Further information about Beckett is available from the online exhibition "Fathoms from Anywhere," sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin.)
- Information about Butler's Education Act of 1944 and its implications for education across social classes.
- A brief biography of Raine at the British Council's site for Contemporary Writers.
- For a rather acerbic review of recent collections of Raine's poetry and criticism, see Michael Hofman's "Raine, Raine, Go Away" in the Guardian (3 Dec 2000).
Christophine Site provides historical background on Rhys'
Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), as well as links to a biography and bibliography for Rhys.
- Historical background on the Carribean.
- Compare cover designs for different editions of Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea.
- Information about Rhys' papers, held in the Special Collections at the University of Tulsa.
- The British Council website has a brief biography and critical overview of Rosoff's work.
- Explore Meg Rosoff's own website, including her C.V. and the books she wishes she had written.
- Meg Rosoff is active on Twitter; follow her at megrosoff.
- Read Rosoff's entries for her book blog at the Guardian.
- At the Random House website, Rosoff offers a brief autobiography and describes the inspiration for and composition of How I Live Now.
- Interviews and profiles
- A Q&A with Rosoff from the Guardian (22 Nov 2013)
- An interview with Rosoff from the Guardian (5 Sept 2013) on the occasion of her seventh book, Picture Me Gone (2013)
- An interview with Rosoff from the Guardian (30 July 2006) on the occasion of her second book
- Another interview from Penguin Books
- A profile from School Library Journal (1 March 2005 ) which offers some details on Rosoff's trans-atlantic career.
- Several reviews of How I Live Now
- A review from the Observer (25 July 2004)
- Reviews from the Guardian, both an initial review (7 August 2004) and a later one following the award of the 2004 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (9 October 2004)
- The British Council's biography of Rushdie.
- A biography of Rushdie.
- The Postcolonial Web's page on Rushdie, with links to critical readings of his works.
- Salman Rushdie Page by Subir Grewal offers extensive information about Rushie, from biography to interviews to information on the fatwa.
- The site for Postcolonial Studies at Emory provides historical and cultural context for Rushdie's work:
- The Partition of India provides maps before and after partition, a timeline of British presence in India (1600-1971), a discussion of the reasons for partition, and further resources.
- "Salman Rushdie's Female Characters" places Rushdie's depiction of female characters within an historical and cultural context.
- Reviews and articles about/by Rushdie in the NYT.
- Reading resources on for Midnight's Children
- Links to Professor Paul Brians' annotations for Satanic Verses.
- A brief biography of Selvon at Wikipedia.
- Selvon's obituary in The Independent provides a detailed look at his life and work.
- The page for "Samuel Selvon" at World Literature in English offers a brief biography with information about his work and its cultural context.
- An overview of Sillitoe's life and work.
- Another biography -- longer, but without notes or citations for its information -- is also available. (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- A profile of Sillitoe on his 80th birthday by D. J. Taylor for the Guardian (1 March 2008).
- An obituary for Sillitoe from The Economist (29 April 2010).
- The Alan Sillitoe website, sponsored by a memorial committee to recognize Sillitoe's contributions to Nottingham's city history, offers information about Sillitoe, his novels, and events sponsored by the committee.
- The Sillitoe Trail is an online resource about five city locations named in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. The site was commissioned by Arts Council England, and the project forms part of the BBCs experimental digital arts platform "The Space."
- Information about and pictures of the type of factory where Arthur Seaton (of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) works, by way of the Raleigh Cycle factory where Sillotoe worked when he was young.
- Kalle Virnes reports on some of the regional dialect in the novel.
(Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- Information on "Teddy Boys" or "Teds"
- A brief overview about teenagers and the "Teddy Boy" in the UK in the 1950s.
- More information on "Teddy Boys," or "Teds," in comparison to punks and into recent decades, as well as more details about the "Teddy Boy" look and a picture (link courtesy of the Internet Archive).
- "The Edwardian Teddy Boy" is a comprehensive site devoted to Teddy Boy (and Teddy Girl) history with many archival images and video clips.
- Another description of the development of the Teddy Boy culture during the post-war years, authored by Brian A. Rushgrove, with an emphasis on how the look was reported in commercial venues, along with quotations from the Daily Mail and other periodicals. (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.) While the complete exhibition of Ken Russell's 1955 "Bombsite Boudiccas" appears to no longer be online, you can read about the photo exhibit of Teddy Girls exhibit and see some photos in this blog post from 2008 and the article "When the Girls Came Out to Play" (Times, 5 March 2006). (Link courtesy of the Internet Archive.) See also the photos provided for "Bombsite Boudiccas 1" and "Bombsite Boudiccas 2" at the Edwardian Teddy Boy site.
- [Currently offline: At the BBC 20th Century Vox archive site, visit the "Entertainment" page and the excerpts under "Saturdays" to listen to former "Teddy Boys" talk about a Saturday night on the town. The excerpts "Down at the Boozer" and "Out with the Girls"offer some further historical context, too. (RealPlayer required.)]
- [Currently offline: "Teddy Boys interviewed in 1950s England" offers a brief vintage video clip of Teds.]
- Information on Goose Fair
- Film adaptation
- General information about the film version of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning from the BFI.
- A video interview with Shirley Anne Field (Doreen) with the BFI.
- A comparison of the locations from the film alongside photos of how the area appeared in 2008.
- Information about a new radio adaptation of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning airing on the BBC (September 2013).
- Sillitoe reflects on his writing process on the occasion of a visit to Bradford for a screening of the film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. He offers more on his writing process while commenting on Nottingham, his former home.
- The program for a conference titled "The Importance of Being Arthur: Representations of Men and Masculinity, 1954-1963" sponsored by the University of Surrey Roehampton (13-14 July 2002), including abstracts for the papers presented. (Links courtesy of the Internet Archive.)
- If you enjoyed Sillitoe and would like to read more about 1950s Britain through literature, try Colin MacInnes's Absolute Beginners (1958).
- The BBC World Service page on Helen Simpson provides a brief biography and an overview of her work to date, including quotations from Simpson about her work.
- The British Council website for contemporary authors has a brief biograpy of Simpson, which includes the awards she has won.
- Simpson's author page as Random House includes reviews of her first work published in the States, Getting a Life.
- Check out the differences between the US and UK dust-jackets for Simpson's Hey Yeah Right Get a Life.
- A biography of Smith is available from the British Council's website on Contemporary Authors.
- The Postcolonial Studies's page on Smith offers a biography and overview of her work and its reception.
- Zadie Smith's author page at Penguin UK has links to an interview as well as "An A-Z by Zadie Smith" with entries on topics from "Anchoress" to "Zora."
- An interview with Smith at Random House.
- The Harvard Gazette reports on "The Ethical Strategies of Novels," Smith's lecture about her current project while at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute.
- Read more about Smith's theories of the novel in her essay on E. M. Forster, "Love, Actually," for the Guardian (1 Nov 2003) which is based on her Orange Word Lecture delivered 22 Oct 2003 in London.
- Listen (or watch) Zadie Smith and Caryl Phillips read from their work at Harvard's Du Bois Institute (12 Feb 2003).
- "Zadie Bites Back" (The Observer, 25 August 2002) includes comments from Smith about her novel and about the Channel 4 adaptation of White Teeth, while also reflecting on Smith's status in the publishing world.
- "Knocking Copy" (Guardian, 10 Sept 2002) responds to some backlash against Smith and her success.
- An interview with Smith in Interview magazine (2013).
- Smith responds to claims that she is too beautiful to be a great writer in an article from the Daily Mail (21 Sept 2013).
- Resources on White Teeth
- Resources on On Beatuty (2005)
- Web resources:
- Recommended reading: Girls of Slender Means.
- The "Wole Soyinka" page at the site for Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature in English, has links to short critical commentaries as well as some historical and political contexts for Phillips' work.
- A biography of Soyinka and an overview of his literary work and artistic practice, with links to a bibliography and interviews, sponsored by the Stanford Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts.
- A biography of Wole Soyinka in 1986 at the time of his Nobel Prize.
- A brief overview of Soyinka's work.
- A detailed interview with Soyinka (16 April 1998), sponsored by the "Conversations with History" series at U of California Berkeley; the subjects range from Soyinka's early years to his work for the theater and his political activism.
- Listen (or watch) Wole Soyinka read his work at Harvard's Du Bois Institute (21 April 2003).
- The British Council's Author Page on Zephaniah provides a biref biography.
- An interview with Zephaniah at the Guardian (4 July 2009).
- A website devoted to Benjamin Zephaniah and his work.
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