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Alan Marshall: Trapped in his Own Image.

McLaren, John (2004) Alan Marshall: Trapped in his Own Image. Life Writing, 1 (2). pp. 85-99. ISSN 1448-4528

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When in 1974 Alan Marshall completed his last collection of stories, Hammers on the Anvil, he naturally sent it off to his old friend and publisher, Frank Cheshire. More than thirty years earlier, Marshall had taken the manuscript of his first book, These Are My People, to Cheshire, who had immediately accepted it, concluding the arrangement with a shake of the hand. According to Marshall, neither for this or any of his later works that Cheshire published, had there been a written contract. Now he received, not a contract, but a refusal. Cheshire wrote to his "old friend" that he had never expected to be forced to decline any of Marshall's work but "I sadly say I feel this time I must." He felt that their friendship was of such long standing that he could "risk a mild admonishment". He got much more. Marshall was deeply offended, but the rejection made him more determined to destroy his image and tell the full truth. It also determined him to start breaking another taboo by publicly addressing the sex problems of handicapped people. He took his public role of advocate as seriously as his professional role as a writer telling the stories of his people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID7930. Alan Marshall, Cheshire, writer, persona, image, egalitarian
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 410000 The Arts
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 29 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:38
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