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John Fowles’s The Collector—A Modern Classic Sixty Years On

September 26, 2023

An exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Collector’s publication is on display in the Upper Reading Room of New College Library, University of Oxford.

The Collector is the debut novel published by New College alumnus John Fowles (1926–2005). His other novels include the iconic classics The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus. Fowles entered New College in 1947 to read French and German, soon focusing on French.

We are pleased that all three states of our edition are included in the exhibition, along with early editions of the novel, a range of materials relating to The Collector on stage and screen, letters from their archives, along with photographs by kind permission of John Fowles’s widow, Mrs Sarah Fowles.

Our editions of The Collector are held in the rare book room of the New College Library, University of Oxford.

Copies of the Artist state can be purchased here.

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