Frederic Raphael is the author of over 40 books, including 19 novels, several essay, story collections, and memoirs, numerous screenplays, biographies of Byron and Maugham, and three volumes of translations of classical poetry and drama. His most recent screenplays were for the Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut and for his own novel Coast to Coast (see below). Besides his Oscar for Darling, his screenplay for Two for the Road was also nominated for an Oscar, and he won a Royal Television Society's Writer of the Year Award for his screenplay for the BBC mini-series The Glittering Prizes.
Raphael's fiction is recognized for its anguished humor, its fast-paced dialogue, and its nearly Picassoesque variety: everything from lighter, bestselling novels about young uppercrust Brits, to the painful marital warfare of Coast to Coast and the powerful monologue of a paradoxical Frenchman looking back over his life in A Double Life.
A native of Chicago, Raphael divides his time between England and France.
A DOUBLE LIFE is the fictional memoir of a Frenchman whose duplicitous life reflects that of his country since the Second World War.
"Repressed histories, sexual and political, drive this brilliant and wrenching story
of a man whose emotional response mechanism has been terminally misdirected. …
[Raphael] has created a novel to remember out of a dispassionate vacuum. …
alternately chilling and magnificently tragic."
$24 cloth, 374 pp., ISBN-0945774-46-X.
COAST TO COAST is an entertaining study of marital torment in which love, hatred, and self-hatred fuel rapid-fire dialogue that is both painful and a pleasure to read.
"Frederic Raphael's fiercely hilarious 19th novel ... is superb at capturing lies, pain, evasions,
half-thoughts and self-deception. His dialogue is so supple and vivid you may feel tempted
to read it aloud, even while you'll be glad you're not miserable enough to be that funny."
—Washington Post Book World
$22.95 cloth, 231 pp., ISBN-0945774-42-7.
ALL HIS SONS contains a novella and nine stories that display Raphael's storytelling skills and versatility.
"[Raphael's] stories … provide him with ample opportunity to exercise
his keen wit and mordant sense of irony. … Exposing the self-serving
and dishonorable realities beneath the surface, Raphael has an acutely perceptive eye
and ear for some of the hypocrisies and evasions of our time."
—Los Angeles Times
$21 cloth, 187 pp., ISBN-0945774-49-4.