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Released June 1, 1964
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£275.00

In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde, he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his unique ways of putting them into practice. Johnson said of the acerbically comic and exuberant Albert Angelo that it was where he ‘really discovered what he should be doing’. On page 163 of this extraordinary book is one of the most surprising lines in English fiction. But you should start at the beginning.


The eponymous Albert is an architect by training but a supply teacher out of necessity. Feeling that he is failing at both, and haunted by a failed love affair, he begins to question what he wants to achieve. Using a number of original narrative techniques Johnson attempts to reproduce life (and its travails) as closely as possible through fiction, while at the same time revelling in the impossibility of such a task.

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B. S. Johnson

Bryan Stanley Johnson was born in 1933, and was an English experimental novelist, poet and literary critic. He also produced television programmes and made films.

Once he graduated from Kings College London, Johnson wrote a series of increasingly experimental and often acutely personal novels that would now be considered visual writing.

After his first few published novels, Johnson's work became progressively even more experimental. The Unfortunates (1969) was published in a box with no binding (readers could assemble the book any way they liked, apart from the chapters marked 'First' and 'Last' which did indicate preferred terminal points) and House Mother Normal was written in purely chronological order such that the various characters' thoughts and experiences would cross each other and become intertwined, not just page by page, but sentence by sentence.

He won the Eric Gregory Award in 1962.

Johnson also made numerous experimental films, published poetry, and wrote reviews, short stories and plays. For many years he was the poetry editor of Transatlantic Review.

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