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Joyce Cary
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    (December 7, 1888-March 29, 1957)
    Born in Derry, Ireland
    Birth name was Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary
    Wrote the novels 'Mr. Johnson' (1939), 'Herself Surprised' (1941), 'To Be A Pilgrim' (1942), 'The Horse's Mouth' (1944), 'The Moonlight' (1946), 'Prisoner of Grace' (1952), 'Except the Lord' (1953), 'Not Honor More' (1955) and 'The Captive and the Free' (published posthumously, 1959)
    He described himself as having been 'extremely idle' at Oxford and barely earned a degree.
    Twice early in his marriage, he left his pregnant wife behind in England while he served in a post in Nigeria.
    He started and abandoned six novels before completing his first one.
    His best-known book, 'The Horse's Mouth,' was turned down by ten US publishers.
    He rejected being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1952).
    He served as a Red Cross orderly during the Balkan Wars (1912-13) and was decorated by the King of Montenegro for valor.
    He served with a colonial regiment in Nigeria during World War I and was wounded in battle during the conquest of German Cameroon (1916).
    He suffered from a motor neuron disease, so near the end of his life he needed to have a pen tied to his hand and his arm supported by a rope in order to write.
    When his arms became completely paralyzed, he resorted to dictation to continue working.
    Critic V.S. Pritchett called him 'the chameleon among contemporary novelists. Put him down in any environment or any class... and he changes color and becomes whatever his subject is, from an English cook to an African delinquent.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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