John Fowles

Today is the birthday of novelist John Fowles (1926). When people were declaring the death of the novel in the Sixties, he published two of the most compelling novels of our era, The Magus (1966) and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969). The latter is my favorite novel, period. A stroke in 1988 robbed him of the ability to plan and execute large-scale fiction for the last seventeen years of his life. He said of my book on him that he felt the patient was treated fairly well, so that endeared him to me further. Here’s his Paris Review interview: