Malcolm Bradbury

Sir Malcolm Bradbury September 7, 1932 – November 27, 2000, was a British author and academic.

Malcolm Bradbury was a productive academic writer as well as a successful teacher; an expert on the modern novel, he published books on Evelyn Waugh and E. M. Forster, as well as editions of such modern classics as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and a number of surveys and handbooks of modern fiction, both British and American. However, he is best known to a wider public as a novelist. His best known novel, The History Man (1975), set in the fictional University of Watermouth, was a dark satire of academic life in the then fashionable newer universities of England; it was later made into a successful television serial. Although he is often compared with David Lodge, his contemporary as a British exponent of the campus novel genre, Bradbury's books are consistently darker in mood and less playful both in style and language.

He also wrote extensively for television, including scripting series such as Anything More Would Be Greedy and The Gravy Train, and adapting novels such as Tom Sharpe's Blott on the Landscape, Alison Lurie's Imaginary Friends and Kingsley Amis's The Green Man.

In 1986 he wrote a short humorous book titled Why Come to Slaka?. It dealt with the fictional Eastern European country that is the setting for his novel Rates of Exchange. It is a parody of travel books.

Malcolm Bradbury was knighted in 2000.

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