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Raymond Williams Paperback – June 21, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0415187169 ISBN-10: 0415187168

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415187168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415187169
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,047,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


With brio, passion, wisdom and occasional reservations, Inglis introduces us to and evaluates Raymond Williams, the man and the icon, the brilliant cultural-political theorist, the muted social activist, the minor novelist, the compromiser and conscience of the left.
–Victor Navasky, Publisher, The Nation

Raymond Williams has found the right biographer. Like Williams himself, Fred Inglis is both warm-hearted and discriminating; his new book is a reliable and entertaining guide to the life and thought of one of the most interesting writers of our time.
–Brian Morton, Executive Editor, Dissent

Warm lively, well-informed narrative.... unfailingly good on the context.
Times Literary Supplement

A loving, thoroughly researched book...shrewd, passionately wrought biography.
–Terry Eagleton

About the Author

Fred Inglis, after military services in the Parachute Regime, read English at Cambridge, became a school teacher and then a university teacher. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, PRinceton, and a Visting Fellow at the Australian National University. A lifelong member of the Labour Party, he has been their parliamentary candidate in four General Elections, and was a senior officer in CND for seven years in the 1980s. He is now Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. His books include Popular Culture and Political Power, Media Theory, and The Cruel Peace: Everyday Life and the Cold War: Cultural Studies. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I am a staunch reader of the British “New Left Review” for more than forty years and very eager to learn more about one of the paper’s most distinguished authors, Raymond Williams.

The Kindle edition of Fred Inglis‘ 1995 biography of Raymond Williams comes with a mistake on the title page – the wrong author!

Innis’ biography fortunately does not belong to the genre of veneration of saints. But unfortunately the author, who was a Labour MP and Professor of Cultural Studies at Warwick, does not always distinguish between Williams’ opinions and his own. Raymond Williams’ relationship with the Communist Party and Stalinism never gets really clear. Innis mentions many authors who wrote for the “New Left Review”. Writers like Perry Anderson and Stuart Hall parade through Innis’ book, but Williams’ contribution to Marxist theory does not get clear. I missed a comprehensive presentation of Williams’ position on structuralism and Althusser. Actually Williams’ appears as the Welsh working class alter ego of the idealist literary critic F.R.Leavis. I am not sure whether this is Inglis or Williams. I think I have to turn to the original text and read “Culture and Society” and “The Long Revolution”. Innis’ book was not very helpful.
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