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This article is about the male author Joyce Cary. There is an actress named Joyce Carey .
He was born in Londonderry, descended from the Joyces of Galway (hence his unusual first name). Cary studied art in Paris and Edinburgh before deciding that he would be better suited to a career in writing rather than in painting.
Returning to Ireland the next year, Cary took up a post in the Irish government, but soon joined the Nigerian political service. During the First World War Cary served with a Nigerian regiment fighting in the German colony of Cameroon.
He began to seriously write after moving to Oxford. His first four novels, set in Africa, drew heavily from his experiences in Nigeria. Mister Johnson , widely regarded as his greatest novel, was published in 1939.
Cary also wrote a trilogy about an artist named Gulley Jimson; Herself Surprised (1941), To Be A Pilgrim (1942) and The Horse's Mouth (1944). The latter was adapted into a successful movie by the director Ronald Neame, starring Alec Guiness as Jimson.
In the 1950s, Joyce Cary wrote another trilogy: Prisoner Of Grace , Except The Lord and Not Honour More .
- Aissa Saved (1932)
- An American Visitor (1933)
- The African Witch (1936)
- Mister Johnson (1939)
- Charley is My Darling (1940)
- A House of Children (1941)
- Herself Surprised (1941)
- To Be a Pilgrim (1942)
- The Horse’s Mouth (1944)
- The Moonlight (1946)
- A Fearful Joy (1949)
- Prisoner of Grace (1952)
- Except the Lord (1953)
- Not Honour More (1955)
- Art and Reality (1958)
- The Captive and the Free (1959)
- Spring Song and other Stories (1960)
- Selected Essays (1976), ed. Alan Bishop
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