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John Robert Fowles (1926-2005), Writer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Novelist born in Leigh-on-Sea and educated at Edinburgh University and New College, Oxford, where he studied French and German. A master of layered story-telling, illusionism and ambiguous endings, he has worked in a variety of genres from psychological thriller, The Collector (1963) to mythological magic realism, The Magus (1966). His semi-historical novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969) was made into a film in 1981, directed by Karel Reisz with Meryl Streep in the title role and screenplay by Harold Pinter. His last works, The Journals, were published in two volumes in 2003 and 2006.

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John Robert Fowles

by Tomas Watson
oil on linen, 2001
NPG 6584


John Robert Fowles

by Dmitri Kasterine
digital print, 2009 (1974)
NPG P1328


John Robert Fowles

by Roger Mayne
bromide print on card mount, 1974
NPG x4063