At the age of 26, after receiving legal training, Robert enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and spent three years in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. During , the year Robert was demobilised, his father Reginald died. Robert became responsible for five young half-siblings as well as the children of his brother. Although he had hoped to practise law, the obligation of raising an extended family forced him into the family trade of tobacco importing. Gladys Richards belonged to an Essex family also originally from London.
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At the age of 26, after receiving legal training, Robert enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and spent three years in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. During , the year Robert was demobilised, his father Reginald died. Robert became responsible for five young half-siblings as well as the children of his brother. Although he had hoped to practise law, the obligation of raising an extended family forced him into the family trade of tobacco importing.
Gladys Richards belonged to an Essex family also originally from London. The Richards family moved to Westcliff-on-Sea in , as Spanish flu swept through Europe, for Essex was said to have a healthy climate. Robert met Gladys Richards at a tennis club in Westcliff-on-Sea in Though she was ten years younger, and he in bad health from the war, they were married a year later on 18 June Nine months and two weeks later, Gladys gave birth to John Robert Fowles. Early life and education[ edit ] New College, Oxford , where Fowles attended university.
Fowles spent his childhood attended by his mother and by his cousin Peggy Fowles, 18 years old at the time of his birth. She was his nursemaid and close companion for ten years. Fowles attended Alleyn Court Preparatory School. He was an only child until he was 16 years old. In , Fowles won a place at Bedford School , a two-hour train journey north of his home.
His time at Bedford coincided with the Second World War. Fowles was a student at Bedford until He became head boy and was an athletic standout: a member of the rugby-football third team, the fives first team, and captain of the cricket team, for which he was a bowler.
He completed his training on 8 May — VE Day and was assigned instead to Okehampton Camp in the countryside near Devon for two years. Fowles was undergoing a political transformation. Upon leaving the marines, he wrote, "I I decided instead to become a sort of anarchist.
Fowles has also commented that the ambience of Oxford at the time, where such existentialist notions of "authenticity" and "freedom" were pervasive, influenced him. Though Fowles did not identify as an existentialist, their writing was motivated from a feeling that the world was absurd, a feeling he shared. His first year after Oxford was spent at the University of Poitiers.
At the end of the year, he received two offers: one from the French department at Winchester , the other "from a ratty school in Greece," Fowles said: "Of course, I went against all the dictates of common sense and took the Greek job. Inspired by his experiences and feelings there, he used it as the setting of his novel, The Magus Fowles was happy in Greece, especially outside the school. He wrote poems that he later published, and became close to his fellow expatriates.
But during , Fowles and the other masters at the school were all dismissed for trying to institute reforms, and Fowles returned to England. It was during this period that Fowles began drafting The Magus. His separation from Elizabeth did not last long. On 2 April , they were married. For nearly ten years, Fowles taught English as a foreign language to students from other countries at St.
He finished his first draft in a month, but spent more than a year making revisions before showing it to his agent. Michael S. Howard, the publisher at Jonathan Cape was enthusiastic about the manuscript. The book was published in and when the paperback rights were sold in the spring of that year, it was "probably the highest price that had hitherto been paid for a first novel," according to Howard. British reviewers found the novel to be an innovative thriller, but several American critics detected a serious promotion of existentialist thought.
The Collector was also optioned and was adapted as a feature film of the same name in Afterward, he set about collating all the drafts he had written of what would become his most studied work, The Magus, based in part on his experiences in Greece. Finding the farm too remote, as "total solitude gets a bit monotonous," Fowles remarked, in he and his wife moved to Belmont, in Lyme Regis.
His conception of femininity and myth of masculinity as developed in this text is psychoanalytically informed. It was adapted as a feature film in with a screenplay by the noted British playwright and later Nobel laureate Harold Pinter , and starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.
Fowles lived the rest of his life in Lyme Regis. In December he wrote My Kingdom for a Corkscrew. For A Casebook was rejected by various magazines. In he wrote The Last Chapter. Fowles was involved occasionally in politics in the town. He occasionally wrote letters to the editor advocating preservation. Despite this involvement, he was generally considered reclusive.
With Sarah by his side, Fowles died of heart failure on 5 November , aged 79, in Axminster Hospital, 5 miles 8. Elena, a young Welsh admirer and a student at St.
He started writing it in the s, under the original title of The Godgame. He based it partly on his experiences on the Greek island of Spetses , where he taught English for two years at the Anargyrios School. Despite gaining critical and commercial success, he continued to rework it, publishing a final revision in Plot summary[ edit ] The story reflects the perspective of Nicholas Urfe, a young Oxford graduate and aspiring poet. After graduation, he briefly works as a teacher at a small school, but becomes bored and decides to leave England.
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He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. Of his childhood, Fowles said "I have tried to escape ever since. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by he had decided that the military life was not for him. Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists.