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Graham Swift (1949) He was born in London , England and educated at Dulwich College , London, Queens' College, Cambridge , and later the University of York . Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders , which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons . Last Orders was a joint winner of the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and a mildly controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 1996, owing to the superficial similarities in plot to William Faulkner 's As I Lay Dying . Waterland was set in The Fens ; it is a novel of landscape, history and family, and is often cited as one of the outstanding post-war British novels and has been a set text on the English Literature syllabus in British schools. WATERLAND: Waterland is concerned with the nature and importance of history as the primary source of meaning in a narrative. For this reason, it is associated with new historicism . The title of the novel refers to its setting in The Fens in East Anglia . Major themes in the novel include storytelling and history, exploring how the past leads to future consequences. The plot of the novel revolves around loosely interwoven themes and narrative, including the jealousy of his brother for the narrator's girlfriend/wife, a resulting murder, the abortion the girl undergoes, her subsequent inability to conceive, resulting in depression and the kidnap of a baby. This personal narrative is set in the context of a wider history, of the narrator's family, the Fens in general and the eel . Biography Novelist Graham Swift was born in London in 1949. He was educated at Dulwich College, Queens' College, Cambridge, and York University. He was nominated as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Novelists' in the Book Marketing Council's promotion in 1983. He is the author of eight novels. The first,
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course LITERATURE 105 taught by Professor Stevens during the Winter '11 term at Mitchell Community College.

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