Neil Rathmell – writer

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Tag Archives: modernism

Laurence Sterne and the modern American novel

There are three kinds of fiction: historical, biographical and anecdotal. Lord of the Flies, for example, is fictional history, describing a series of events taking place over a defined period … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

How many narrators does it take to tell a story?

One story can be told in many different ways. The way in which it is told changes the story. So before you start to write your novel, you have to … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 9 April 2014

I found Ronald Fraser (not to be confused with either the actor or the historian of the same name) in a second-hand bookshop, which is the only place he can … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Alfred Jarry

Most people know Alfred Jarry, if they know him at all, as the author of Ubu Roi. But he also wrote novels and once made a guest appearance in a … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · Leave a comment