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Author Information: Joyce Cary

 
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1888-1957 English novelist, from an Anglo-Irish family from Inishowen; on his mother's side descended from the Joyces of Galway, which explains his unusual first name. An art student in Paris, then a law degree. He served with the Red Cross in Montenegro; joined the Colonial Service in 1913; the years in Nigeria and in Cameroon gave him some of his inspiration for his fiction. After the first world war he settled in Oxford to write. His first four novels, including Mister Johnson (1939), are set in Africa, but he also included English society, as well as Donegal, e.g. in the semi-autobiographical Castle Corner (1938). A House Of Children (1941) is a memoir of the summer holidays he spent on Inishowen as a child. He is best known for the trilogy of novels devoted to Gulley Jimson and his circle: Herself Surprised (1941), To Be A Pilgrim (1942) and The Horse's Mouth (1944). A later trilogy dealt with the negative effect of political power (Prisoner Of Grace, Except The Lord, Not Honour More). Cary died in 1957.

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