B.S. Johnson and Post-War Literature: Possibilities of the Avant Garde
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We have now passed the point at which B.S. Johnson could be described as a forgotten figure of post-war British literature. As Julia Jordan notes in the introduction to this collection, ‘Johnson now often seems to dominate discussions of the post-war British experimental novel’ (p. 1). And, since Philip Tew's pioneering B.S. Johnson: A Critical Reading1 1 Philip Tew, B.S. Johnson: A Critical Reading (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001). View all notes and Jonathan Coe's 2004 biography Like a Fiery Elephant,2 2 Jonathan Coe, Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson (London: Picador, 2004). View all notes his work has been the subject of several academic symposia as well as scholarly collections and journal articles. There is a B.S. Johnson Society, who in 2014 published the first volume of a dedicated journal, and most of Johnson's major works are in print with a mainstream publisher. The 2013 volume Well Done God! edited by Coe, Jordan and Tew,3 3 Jonathan Coe, Philip Tew, and Julia Jordan (eds), Well Done God! Selected Prose and Drama of B.S. Johnson (London: Picador, 2013). View all notes collects some lesser-known short prose and drama, including previously unpublished work.