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Encyclopedia > Stanley Middleton

Stanley Middleton (born August 1, 1919) is a British novelist. He was born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire and educated at High Pavement School, Stanley Road, Nottingham and University College Nottingham (later the University of Nottingham). He began writing at university and in 1958 published A Short Answer. He taught English at High Pavement School for many years, and has been a highly prolific author. In 1974, his novel Holiday won the Booker prize. Brief Garlands, his 41st novel was published by Hutchinson in 2004. Sterner Stuff, Middleton's 42nd book is due to be published in July 2005.


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The Scotsman - Critique - What lies beneath (697 words)
Middleton passes for a naturalistic novelist and to some extent is. He presents us with a version of everyday life as it might be experienced by the folk next door.
Middleton’s dialogue is actually as artificial and artful as Ivy Compton-Burnett’s, but the veneer of naturalism conceals this and the reader may think he is getting a plain slice of life.
Middleton is concerned with what his characters have made of their life, of their marriages, and their careers.
Stanley Middleton Biography | Dictionary of Literary Biography (177 words)
Middleton very deliberately avoids the metropolitan, the modish, the elegant, in favor of a sparse and perceptive realist treatment of provincial life, a sharp and unsentimental view of ordinary people.
He has won respect for the careful accuracy of his dialogue and use of detail, his refusal to comfort or to glamorize, and, above all, his concern with human pain and failure.
Middleton was born 1 August 1919, to Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Burdett Middleton, in Nottingham, which is still his home and the background for all his novels.
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