Christine Brooke-Rose

(b. 1926)

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(1926– ),

novelist and critic, born in Geneva, brought up in Brussels, London, and Liverpool, and educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and University College London. She was professor of English language and literature at the University of Paris from 1975 to 1988. Her first novel, The Languages of Love (1957), is a cosmopolitan Bloomsbury romance, much of it centred on the Reading Room of the British Museum. She is best known for her experimental novels, marked by bilingual neologisms, which have some affinity with the nouveau roman; these include Out (1964), Such (1966), Between (1968), and Thru (1975). Later novels include Amalgamemnon (1984), Xorandor (1986), Verbivore (1990), and Textermination (1991). In her autobiographical novel, Remake (1996), she gives a vivid, non‐chronological account of her experiences as a young WAAF officer at Bletchley Park during the war, of her second marriage to a handsome Polish poet Janek (the novelist, Jerzy Pieterkiewicz), and of her retirement in Provence. Her critical works include A Rhetoric of the Unreal (1981).

Subjects: Literature.

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