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Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 09:52 GMT
Author Sir Malcolm Bradbury dies
Sir Malcolm Bradbury
Sir Malcolm had been ill for some time
The author and academic Sir Malcolm Bradbury has died at his home in Norwich aged 68.

He was a prolific author, television scriptwriter and critic, who combined his literary work with his career as an academic - he was Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

His son, Dominic Bradbury, said: "His family were around him when he died, my mother Elizabeth, myself and my brother Matthew.

"He was very comfortable when he died. He had been ill for some time but he had really become much more seriously ill, quite rapidly, over the last few weeks."

The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, who took over the creative writing course at East Anglia when Sir Malcolm retired in 1995, told The Times his death was "desolating news".


Sir Malcolm was born in Sheffield, the son of a railwayman.

After graduating from Leicester and London Universities he embarked on his career as an academic and moved to East Anglia in 1965.

Five years later, with Angus Wilson, he founded the university's creative writing course.

One of his first students was Ian McEwan who later wrote Black Dogs and The Cement Garden.

'Fabulous scholarship'

Sir Malcolm also taught Kazuo Ishiguro who went on to write The Remains Of The Day and win the Booker Prize.

Most of Sir Malcom's literary output was non-fiction, including works on Evelyn Waugh and E. M. Forster, poetry and appraisals of the modern novel.

Novels were few and far between and each was a detailed satire of the ideas of the period.


His most famous novel was The History Man which was published in 1975.

It chronicled the career of a promiscuous university lecturer and became a BBC television serial.

His last novel, To The Hermitage, was published in January to critical acclaim.

His television credits included series such as Anything More Would Be Greedy and The Gravy Train.

He also adapted the works of Tom Sharpe (Blott on the Landscape and Porterhouse Blue), Alison Lurie (Imaginary Friends) and Kingsley Amis (The Green Man).

He was made a CBE in 1991 for services to literature and knighted in the New Year Honours List for 2000.

Known as a champion of the novel, he said earlier this year that the novel was still in good shape. "We live in the age of the shopping mall, the age of and that's what our fiction shows," he said.

"But we do have great writers and this is the real issue."

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