Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer by Ken Follett

Ken Follett is the award-winning author of bestselling espionage thrillers, as well as many other popular books.

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Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer by Ken Follett


About the Author
Carlos Ramet is an Associate Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. Born in England, he earned a degree in film production from the University of Southern California, holds a Master's degree from San Francisco State University, and completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His critical articles and fiction have appeared in such journals as Clues: A Journal of Detection, The Michigan Academician, The Critic, Perigraph, Studies in Popular Culture and The Popular Culture Review. He is the author of the short story "Shadow Love," which was a finalist in the 1994 CRITIC short story contest.


Book Description
Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer focuses on the artistic development and cultural implications of an important contemporary novelist--the author of such best-selling works as Eye of the Needle (1978), The Pillars of the Earth (1989), and The Hammer of Eden (1998).

Beginning with his earliest published novel, The Big Needle (1974), this study explores the tension between the popular and the serious that has underlain much of Ken Follett's work, examines his blending of genres, film adaptations of his novels, and his keen ability to extend his readership through a "hybridization" process.

Other chapters engage in a linguistic analysis to survey his artistic development and flexibility with forms; explore the structural, archetypal and mythic patterns underpinning much of his more successful work; and demonstrate that his recent involvement in British party politics is reflected not only in his latest works but has been implied by his novels from the very beginning.

This study, which should appeal to both the scholar and the general reader, concludes with an assessment of Ken Follett's work so far and demonstrates that while he is part of a continuum, he has uniquely transformed his chosen genre--the thriller--and has made a significant contribution to popular cultural forms.

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