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John Barrington Wain (1925-1994), Poet, critic and novelist

Sitter in 9 portraits
Novelist, poet and critic, Wain was taught as an undergraduate by C. S. Lewis and, although a generation younger than most of the Inklings, and at odds with their generally anti-modernist attitudes, was welcomed by them. A Fellow of St John's College Oxford (1946-9), he then lectured in English at Reading (1949-55) and returned to Oxford as Professor of Poetry (1973-8). His best known novel is his first, Hurry on Down (1953), seen as a classic product of the 'Angry Young Men' era.

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John Barrington Wain

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1957
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John Barrington Wain

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1957
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John Barrington Wain

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1957
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John Barrington Wain

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, October 1958
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John Barrington Wain

by Granville Davies
resin print, July 1984
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John Barrington Wain

by Granville Davies
resin print, July 1984
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John Barrington Wain

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
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John Barrington Wain

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, October 1958
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John Barrington Wain

by Nicolas Clerihew Bentley
pen and ink and watercolour
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