John Fowles 1926–2005

This ma­jor lit­er­ary fig­ure was born in Es­sex

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John Fowles was born in Leigh-on-Sea. His grand­fa­ther was a part­ner in the Lon­don to­bacco im­porter Allen & Wright, and his fa­ther Robert joined the fam­ily trade. Lon­doner Gla­dys Richards moved to Es­sex in 1918, meet­ing Robert in West­cliff-on-Sea in 1924. They were mar­ried the fol­low­ing year, and John was born in 1926, at­tend­ing the nearby Al­leyn Court Prepara­tory School. From 1951 to 1953 he taught English on the Greek is­land of Spet­ses. Among his books are his first pub­lished novel The Col­lec­tor (1963); The Ma­gus (1965), based on his ex­pe­ri­ences in Greece; and

The French Lieu­tenant’s

Woman (1969), re­leased as a film in 1981.

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