Synopses & Reviews
Novelist Miles Green wakes up in a hospital room with an acute case of amnesia. He doesn't care for the woman who introduces herself as his wife; he is, however, taken with Dr. Delfie, the officious female doctor assigned to his case. Patient and doctor pursue a treatment using an odd kind of therapy that leads to a provocative confrontation between the sexes.
"The novel seeks to explore the nature of reality and creativity, the alienations of art, the evolution of literature to its present self-conscious phase, the relationship between the sexes, and much more." Martin Amis, Observer
"The only writer in English who has the power, range, knowledge, and wisdom of Tolstoy or James." John Gardner, Saturday Review
"Clever and wickedly funny." The Atlantic Monthly
In Mantissa (1982), a novelist awakes in the hospital with amnesia -- and comes to believe that a beautiful female doctor is, in fact, his muse.
About the Author
John Fowles's works of fiction include The Collector, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Mantissa, and A Maggot. He is also the author of The Aristos: A Self-Portrait of Ideas, Poems, Shipwreck, Islands, and The Enigma of Stonehenge.