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Stan Barstow

(1928– ), novelist. His first novel, A Kind of Loving (1960), is the present‐tense narration of office‐worker Vic Brown, trapped into marriage by his infatuation for small‐minded ...

Barstow, Stan

Barstow, Stan (1928–2011)   Reference library

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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..., Stan ( 1928–2011 ), novelist : educ. Ossett . A Kind of Loving 1960...

Barstow, Stan

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Stan [ Stanley Barstow ] ( 1928–2011 ) British novelist , short-story writer , and dramatist A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ) Fiction The Desperadoes, and Other Stories ( 1961 ) Fiction Short Stories Ask Me Tomorrow ( 1962 ) Fiction Joby ( 1964 ) Fiction The Watchers on the Shore ( 1966 ) Fiction A Raging Calm ( 1968 ) Fiction The Human Element, and Other Stories ( 1969 ) Fiction Short Stories A Season with Eros ( 1971 ) Fiction Short Stories A Casual Acquaintance, and Other Stories ( 1976 ) Fiction Short Stories...

Barstow, Stan

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Stan ( Stanley Barstow ) ( 1928–  ), English novelist , born in Horbury, Yorkshire into a mining family, and educated at Ossett Grammar School. From 1944 to 1962 he worked as a draughtsman and sales executive in the engineering industry; he graduated with an MA from the Open University in 1982 . Barstow's emergence as a writer in 1960 coincided with that of John Braine , Alan Sillitoe , and other ‘ angry young men ’. His first novel, A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ), a candid and moving story of contemporary pressures on love and marriage, was an...

Barstow, Stan

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Stan ( 1928–2011 ) Novelist, the son of a miner. His first novel, A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ), is the first‐person, present‐tense narration of office‐worker Vic Brown , trapped into marriage by his infatuation for small‐minded Ingrid and harassed by his mother‐in‐law. It was followed by other vivid portrayals of Yorkshire life, including Ask Me Tomorrow ( 1962 ) and Joby ( 1964 ), which contributed to the development of the regional novel associated with Alan Sillitoe , Keith Waterhouse (who adapted A Kind of Loving for the screen), John...

Barstow, Stan

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., Stan ( 1928–2011 ) Novelist , born in Yorkshire , the son of a miner, and educated at Ossett Grammar School. His first novel, A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ), is the first‐person, present‐tense narration of office‐worker Vic Brown , trapped into marriage by his infatuation for small‐minded Ingrid and harassed by his mother‐in‐law. It was followed by other vivid portrayals of Yorkshire life, including Ask Me Tomorrow ( 1962 ) and Joby ( 1964 ), which contributed to the development of the regional novel associated with Alan Sillitoe , Keith Waterhouse...

Kind of Loving, A

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...of Loving, A A novel by Stan Barstow...

Kind of Loving, A

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...of Loving, A A novel by Stan Barstow...

Dewsbury

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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... was a teacher here, and Emily was a pupil but missed her home so much that she left and Anne came in her place. Charlotte remained until 1838 . Dewsbury is the basis of ‘Cressley’, the fictional town of Stan Barstow's novel A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ), although it also includes aspects of other West Yorkshire towns such as Wakefield, Horbury, and Barstow's native...

Ossett

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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... West Yorkshire Industrial town halfway between Dewsbury and Wakefield. The novelist Stan Barstow, the author of A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ), who was born in nearby Horbury in 1928 , was brought up in Ossett and educated at Ossett Grammar School. He left to work in the drawing office of an engineering...

Kind of Loving, A

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...of Loving, A , a novel by Stan Barstow , published in 1960 . Vic Brown, the narrator-protagonist of Barstow's first novel, is the son of a solidly respectable mining family enjoying the post-war years of prosperity and full employment. Set in Cressley, a fictitious industrial town in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the novel creates a convincing picture of a society adapting its strictly moral and hierarchical past to a more liberal future, and absorbing the manifestations of a burgeoning popular culture. Caught up in the middle ground between the old and...

Waterhouse, Keith Spencer

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...the stage in 1960 , with his long-standing friend and collaborator Willis Hall ( 1925–2005 ). Their other collaborations on stage, screen, and television plays, adaptations, and musicals include the film Whistle down the Wind ( 1961 ). Waterhouse wrote the screenplay of Stan Barstow 's A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ) and Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell ( 1989 ) was his stage adaptation of Bernard's Spectator columns. City Lights ( 1994 ) and Streets Ahead ( 1995 ) are...

Chaplin, Sid

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...County Durham. After leaving school at the age of 14, he worked as a miner. Later, he won a scholarship to Fircroft College for Working Men, where he started writing, and became a specialist writer for the National Coal Board. An influence on writers like Alan Sillitoe and Stan Barstow , his novels offer a realistic evocation of life among Tyneside mining families, and reflect a vanishing British working-class culture. Among his best novels are The Day of the Sardine ( 1961 ), in which the protagonist, the moody Arthur Haggerston, anticipates a typical...

Waterhouse, Keith Spencer

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...Life ( 1978 ), Maggie Muggins ( 1981 ), and Unsweet Charity ( 1992 ). Waterhouse and Hall worked together on many stage, screen, and television plays, adaptations, and musicals, including the film Whistle down the Wind ( 1961 ). Waterhouse also wrote the screenplay of Stan Barstow 's A Kind of Loving ( 1960 ). Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell ( 1989 ) was his successful adaptation for the stage of Bernard's Spectator columns. City Lights ( 1994 ) was the first part of his autobiography; it was followed by Streets Ahead: Life After ‘City Lights’ (...

Cooper, William

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...Energy Authority. As H. S. Hoff he had written four novels before he became recognized with his fifth, Scenes from Provincial Life ( 1950 ), by ‘William Cooper’, which considerably influenced younger novelists of the 1950s, including Kingsley Amis , John Braine , and Stan Barstow . Sardonically comic and artfully realistic, it is narrated by a young lower-middle-class schoolteacher, Joe Lunn; much of the comedy revolves around the anti-hero's attempts to keep his girlfriend, Myrtle, happy while also avoiding marriage. Scenes from Metropolitan Life (...

Schlesinger, John Richard

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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...he began with BBC television programmes ( 1958–60 ), working on Tonight and Monitor ; he then won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival with the British Transport documentary Terminus ( 1960 ). His debut feature film A Kind of Loving ( 1962 ), adapted from Stan Barstow's novel, won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Subsequent films of the 1960s included Billy Liar ( 1963 ), Darling ( 1965 ), Far From the Madding Crowd ( 1967 ), and Midnight Cowboy ( 1969 ), which was made in New York and won the best film and best...

regional novel

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...(see the ‘Brensham trilogy’, 1946–8 ). The regional novel has often become a sociologically attuned vehicle for working-class concerns, A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon anticipating the novels of Durham-born ex-miner Sid Chaplin ( 1916–86 ), Alan Sillitoe , and Stan Barstow in replacing nostalgia with radical questioning and social...

regional novel

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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...The regional novel has often become a sociologically attuned vehicle for working-class concerns, A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon anticipating the novels of Durham-born ex-miner Sid Chaplin ( 1916–86 : see his The Day of the Sardine , 1961 ), Alan Sillitoe , and Stan Barstow in replacing nostalgia with radical questioning and social realism. See K. D. M. Snell (ed.), The Regional Novel in Britain and Ireland: 1800–1990 (1998)....

Angry Young Men

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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...the “New Wave” playwrights John Arden , Shelagh Delaney , Ann Jellicoe , Bernard Kops , Harold Pinter , N. F. Simpson , and Arnold Wesker and the writers Kingsley Amis , John Braine , Doris Lessing , Alan Sillitoe , David Storey , John Wain , Keith Waterhouse , Stan Barstow , Stuart Holroyd , and Colin Wilson . Critics have typically described the Angry Young Men as leftist dissidents who use social realism as a means of protesting against the affectations of the experimental, high modernist literature that flourished between the wars. Yet the...

Montgolfier Brothers

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...probably the most poignant singer to come out of Manchester since Morrissey , with whom he shares a similar resonance: the iconism of Northern towns, the wallowing in personal failure and an unrelenting self-reproach. A solo EP, A Kind Of Loving , even took its name from a Stan Barstow kitchen-sink novel. His debut album, 1969 Till God Knows When , was released on the small French label, Tours, and he also records under the At Swim Two Birds alter ego. Tranmer, in contrast, draws on contemporary classical composers such as Wim Mertens, Gavin Bryars , ...

Cavil

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...Truncating the surname of frontman Gareth Cavill (b. 20 June 1970, Crumpsall, Stockport, Cheshire, England; vocals, guitar), Cavil forge pretty and evocative bedroom ballads that draw influence from the great ‘kitchen sink’ novels by the likes of Stan Barstow, Alan Sillitoe and Keith Waterhouse, and feature paeans to early morning sex, Welsh coastal resorts and Cluedo figures. The project’s first releases, actually solo recordings from Cavill, appeared on two acclaimed compilations released by the Vespertine label, An Evening In The Company Of The...

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