By John Fowles
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Fowles introduced his profession with The Collector, which was once welcomed with nice severe enthusiasm, together with that of LJ's reviewer, who stumbled on it "a exotic first novel" (LJ 8/63). Mantissa, nevertheless, used to be a departure from the author's extra well known fabric and obtained just a marginal reaction (LJ 9/1/82).
Copyright 1997 Reed enterprise info, Inc.
“Brilliant. An artist of significant inventive power.”
— Sunday instances
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