Sillitoe, Alan

born March 4, 1928, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Eng.

English writer.

The son of a tannery worker, he worked in factories from age 14. Many of his later novels and stories are brash and angry accounts of working-class life, beginning with his successful first novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958; film, 1960). Perhaps his best-known work is the title story in the collection The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1959; film, 1962). His other works include the novels The Death of William Posters (1965), The Widower's Son (1976), and The Open Door (1989) and the story collections The Ragman's Daughter (1963; film, 1974) and Second Chance (1981).

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▪ British writer
born March 4, 1928, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Eng.
 
 writer whose brash and angry accounts of working-class life injected new vigour into post-World War II British fiction.

      The son of a tannery worker, Sillitoe worked in factories from the age of 14. In 1946 he joined the air force and for two years served as a radio operator in Malaya. After his return to England, X-rays revealed that he had contracted tuberculosis, and he spent several months in a hospital. Between 1952 and 1958 he lived in France and Spain; in Majorca he met the poet Robert Graves (Graves, Robert), who suggested that he write about Nottingham. Sillitoe began work on his first published novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958; filmed 1960). An immediate success, it is the story of a rude and amoral young labourer for whom drink and sex on Saturday night provide the only relief from the oppression of the working life. From the short-story collection The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1959), Sillitoe helped adapt the title story into a film (1962). Later novels, such as The Death of William Posters (1965) and The Widower's Son (1977), deal with more intellectual working-class characters. Notable short-story collections are The Ragman's Daughter (1963; filmed 1974), Men, Women, and Children (1974), and The Second Chance (1980).

      Sillitoe has also written children's books, poetry, and plays while continuing as a novelist. Life Without Armour, an autobiography, was published in 1995.

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