John Mortimer World Literature Analysis - Essay

John Mortimer World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Although John Mortimer self-deprecatingly said that a writer “can only work within that narrow seam which penetrates to the depths of [his] past” and that his own choice of subject matter “was dictated by myself, my childhood, and such education as I was able to gather,” his considerable work in several genres reveals an impressively versatile talent. Common thematic strains run through his work: a social conscience that is sometimes iconoclastic, but less interested in destroying institutions than in reforming them; sympathy for the underdog or outcast, among the aristocracy as well as the criminal class; the intrusion of the past upon the present; the conflict between business and traditional social attitudes; and a...

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