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.
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