Midnight Voices
THE PETE ATKIN WEB FORUMRSS
Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register.
This page loaded: 18.11.17 at 21:02 UK
PA
HOME
Pete Atkin home page
MV Home | Short | Help | Search | Members | Login | Register | Shop | PA Home
Midnight Voices Martin Amis and Clive James on ageing.
   Midnight Voices
   Not Pete Atkin
   Off-topic
(Moderator: S J Birkill)
   Martin Amis and Clive James on ageing.
« Previous thread | Next thread »
Pages: 1   Start of Thread | Latest Post Reply | Notify of replies | Send Thread | Print
   Author  Thread: Martin Amis and Clive James on ageing.  (Read 1877 times)
Kevin Cryan
MV Fellow
*****


I love Midnight Voices!

   

Posts: 1111
Martin Amis and Clive James on ageing.
« : 23.12.09 at 13:48 »
Quote

On Monday 7th December 2009, the novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester, Martin Amis, in a public debate organised by the university's Centre for New Writing [link], argued that writers are past their prime once they reach old age.
 
Amis cited Philip Roth, Vladimir Nabokov and John Updike as prime examples writers whose literary abilities diminished as they grew older.
 
Amis's adversary, the novelist, poet and literary-critic Clive James argued that Tolstoy, Goethe and Yeats all of whom produced their best work in their twilight years amply demonstrate that a decline in literary power is not a necessary concomitant of old age.
 
A podcast of this debate (Literature and Ageing) which also featured the poet Peter Porter is available here
 
Kevin Cryan
IP logged
Rob Spence
MV Fixture
****



Hypertension Kid

   

Posts: 162
Re: Martin Amis and Clive James on ageing.
« Reply #1: 23.12.09 at 19:25 »
Quote

Thanks for that, Kevin. I was looking for the podcast link when I did a blogpost (which is here):
http://spencro.blogspot.com/2009/12/old-lags.html but it hadn't been posted then. It was an enjoyable event, and Clive won the debate with some ease, I'd say.
IP logged
Pages: 1    Start of Thread | Latest Post Reply | Notify of replies | Send Thread | Print
Return to Top « Previous thread | Next thread »
MV Home | Short | Help | Search | Members | Login | Register | Shop | PA Home
Midnight Voices is not responsible for comments made by its members. All opinions expressed are entirely those of their authors.
Midnight Voices » Powered by YaBB 1 Gold - SP 1.3.1!
YaBB 2000-2003. All Rights Reserved.