Monday, November 07, 2005

Better late than never?

From some news report lost in cyberspace...

"Better late than never: aged 101, Edward Upward has been awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Benson Medal, in recognition of a lifetime's service to literature. Upward was the inspirational "fourth man" in the group that also boasted Auden, Isherwood and Spender. He was, like them but more durably, radicalised by the 1930s. Together, Upward and Isherwood invented the surreal imaginary world of "Mortmere", as featured in the former's The Railway Accident and the latter's Lions and Shadows. His autobiographical trilogy of novels, The Spiral Ascent, shows why he moved left and stayed there. More recent work, which includes memorable short stories, has been published by Enitharmon Press. Previous recipients of the medal include Tolkien, Burgess and Strachey."

And now he even has his own page at wikipedia!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better never than late!

Upward has sold out - and at such an advanced age!

10:25 pm  
Anonymous Mao Tse Tung said...

Enlighten us on how he has "sold out" ?

11:33 am  

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