JOHN FOWLES (1926-2005) won international recognition with his first published title, The Collector (1963). He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works: The Aristos (1964), The Magus (1966), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), The Ebony Tower (1974), Daniel Martin (1977), Mantissa (1982), and A Maggot (1985). The French Lieutenant’s Woman became a major film in 1981, starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter. Fowles was named by The Times as one of the fifty greatest British writers since the end of the Second World War. He lived for much of his life in the Dorset town of Lyme Regis, taking much of his literary inspiration from the location. He died in 2005.