John Fowles’s The Collector—A Modern Classic Sixty Years On

🦋 An exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Collector’s publication is on display in the Upper Reading Room of New College Library.


The Collector is the debut novel published by New College alumnus John Fowles (1926–2005).  His other novels include the iconic classics The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus.  Fowles entered New College in 1947 to read French and German, soon focusing on French.

The exhibition features early and fine press editions of the novel, a range of materials relating to The Collector on stage and screen, letters from our archives, along with photographs by kind permission of John Fowles’s widow, Mrs Sarah Fowles. 



John Fowles’s The Collector (1963)