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Encyclopedia > Lucky Jim
Christine (Sharon Acker) and Jim (Ian Carmichael) in a cab
Christine (Sharon Acker) and Jim (Ian Carmichael) in a cab

Lucky Jim is a comic novel written by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1954. It was his first novel, and won the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction. Set sometime around 1950, Lucky Jim follows the exploits of the titular protagonist James Dixon, a reluctant history lecturer at a provincial English university (inspired in part by the University of Leicester). The novel exemplifies the use of a precise but plain-spoken narrative voice. Image File history File links Lucky_Jim_1. ... Image File history File links Lucky_Jim_1. ... Acker with William Shatner on Star Trek Sharon Acker (b. ... Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey Ian Carmichael OBE (born 18 June 1920) is a British film, stage and television actor. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Sir Kingsley William Amis (April 16, 1922 – October 22, 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. ... See also: 1953 in literature, other events of 1954, 1955 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Somerset Maugham Award is a British literary prize given each May by the Society of Authors. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... University of Leicester seen from Victoria Park - Left to right: the Department of Engineering, the Attenborough tower, the Charles Wilson building. ...


Plot summary

Jim Dixon is not particularly dedicated to his job as a medieval history lecturer at a provincial university, having taken it to avoid school teaching, and unable to obtain work in any other field. Having made a particularly bad first impression in the history department, he is concerned about being fired at the end of his first semester, and seeks to hold his position by maintaining good relations with his superior, the tedious Professor Welch - an often absent-minded dilettante. He also attempts to get his article on the economic ramifications of medieval shipbuilding methods (written solely as a means of enhancing his standing in the department) published in a journal, without success.


Dixon is largely without the tact and prudence expected in high society interaction - character traits displayed by his difficulty in accepting the pretension of Welch and others. Dixon's utter contempt for just about everyone around him, including his on-again off-again "girlfriend" Margaret (a fellow, but senior, lecturer), is presented as nearly unbearable; Welch's "arty" endeavors present several opportunities for Dixon to advance his standing amongst his colleagues and superiors, however these go terribly astray. Along the way Dixon meets Christine, a young Londoner who is dating Professor Welch's son Bertrand - an amateur painter whose pompousness particularly infuriates Dixon -, and comes to find out she too has just as little patience for the world of artists and connoisseurs. The two pursue a short-lived affair, which becomes an undercurrent for Dixon's further contempt toward Bertrand.


The novel reaches its climax in Dixon's lecture on "Merrie England," which goes horribly wrong as Dixon, attempting to calm his nerves with a little too much alcohol, uncontrollably begins to mock Welch and everything else that he hates; he finally goes into convulsions and passes out. Welch, of course, fires Dixon. The term Merry England, or in more jocular, half-timbered spelling Merrie England, refers to a semi-mythological, idyllic, and pastoral way of life that the inhabitants of England allegedly enjoyed at some poorly-defined point between the Middle Ages and the onset of the Industrial Revolution. ...


However, a wealthy Scottish businessman who seems to have a tacit respect for Dixon's individuality and attitude towards pretension gives Dixon a good job in London that pays much better than his lecturing position. Jim finally has the last laugh as Christine, having found out Bertrand was also pursuing an affair with the wife of one of Jim's former colleagues, decides to resume her relationship with him in London. The end of the book has Dixon and Christine bumping into the Welches on the street; Jim can't help walking right up to them, with Christine on his arm, and exploding in laughter at how ridiculous they truly are.


Film adaptations

In the 1957 British movie version (an adaptation of a stage play), which was produced and directed by twin brothers John and Roy Boulting, Jim Dixon was played by Ian Carmichael. In a made-for-TV remake of 2003 directed by Robin Shepperd, the role was taken over by Stephen Tompkinson. // Events October 21 - The movie Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, opens. ... John and Roy Boulting were English film-makers, who became known for their popular series of satirical comedies in the 1950s and 1960s. ... John and Roy Boulting were English film producers and directors. ... Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey Ian Carmichael OBE (born 18 June 1920) is a British film, stage and television actor. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2003. ... British actor, born 15th October 1965 in Stockton-on-Tees. ...


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Lucky Jim (1393 words)
Jim Dixon is in his probationary period as an assistant lecturer in history in a provincial university, where he works under the supervision of Professor Welch.
Jim's failure causes him to be dismissed and he decides to become a schoolmaster, though the prospect fills him with disgust.
Thus Jim is confronted with the phoneyness of scholarship, of culture and of fashionable art as practise in upper-middle class society.
Lucky Jim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (566 words)
Lucky Jim is a comic novel written by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1954.
Jim Dixon is not particularly dedicated to his job as a medieval history lecturer at a provincial university, having taken it to avoid school teaching, and unable to obtain work in any other field.
Jim finally has the last laugh as Christine, having found out Bertrand was also pursuing an affair with the wife of one of Jim's former colleagues, decides to resume her relationship with him in London.
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