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Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, playwright and essayist, Fay Weldon is a prolific writer whose work ranges over many genres and media, and in 2017 amounted to thirty-four novels, seven short-story volumes, three books for children, and six non-fictional works. Bibliographic Citation link. Her fiction is translated into over a dozen languages. She has written numerous television and radio dramas, stage plays, non-fictional articles and studies, autobiography and experimental or mock autobiography. She has never, she says, written poetry.
Fay Weldon is noted for satiric wit, comedy, and ironic understatement. Her biographer Regina Barreca says: "a classic 'Weldonesque' moment is one in which all the forces in the universe seem to converge in the most unlikely of ways." Bibliographic Citation link. Writing astutely of women's experiences in a male-dominated world, Fay Weldon focuses on specific power structures that cause problems for both sexes. Characteristically, she followed her quirky autobiography with book that combines biography with fantastical fiction.
22 September 1931 Franklin Birkinshaw (later FW) was born at 5:30 p.m. in a nursing home at Alvechurch in Worcestershire, the second of two daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1983 FW centred what became her best known novel, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, on an abandoned wife who obtains revenge. Bibliographic Citation link.
1986 FW's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil was made into a successful television play. Bibliographic Citation link.
2000 FW's The Bulgari Connection, a novel commissioned by Bulgari, an Italian firm of jewellers, was originally published as a special gift edition by BVLGARI, Italy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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