Mr. Fortune (New York Review Books Classics)

3.68 avg rating
( 238 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781590174586: Mr. Fortune (New York Review Books Classics)

After a decade in one South Seas mission, a London bank-clerk-turned-minister sets his heart on serving a remote volcanic island. Fanua contains neither cannibals nor Christians, but its citizens, his superior warns, are like children—immoral children. Still, Mr. Timothy Fortune lights out for Fanua. Yet after three years, he has made only one convert, and his devotion to the boy may prove more sensual than sacred. Mr. Fortune’s Maggot, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s follow-up to Lolly Willowes, is lyrical, droll, and deeply affecting, and her missionary captivated his creator as much as he did her readers.

Long after the work’s publication, Warner began the novella The Salutation. Now adrift and starving on the Brazilian pampas, Mr. Fortune is rescued by an elderly widow, who delights in having an Englishman about the house. Her heir, however, may beg to differ.

Brilliant and subversive, Mr. Fortune’s Maggot and its sequel are now available in one volume. They show Sylvia Townsend Warner at the height of her powers.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER (1893–1978) was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist, as well as an authority on early English music and a member of the Communist Party. Her first novel, Lolly Willowes (available from New York Review Books), appeared in 1926 and was the first ever Book of- the-Month Club selection. Mr. Fortune’s Maggot, her second, followed a year later. The Salutation was the title novella of a 1932 collection. According to Warner’s biographer Claire Harman, it “was almost certainly begun in the expectation that it would grow into a full-length novel, a sequel, or an extended coda” to Mr. Fortune’s Maggot. Yet it also stands on its own, and Warner considered it “the purest, the least time-serving story I ever wrote.” Over the course of her long career, Sylvia Townsend Warner published five more novels, seven books of poetry, a translation of Proust, fourteen volumes of short stories, and a biography of T. H. White. NYRB also publishes Summer Will Show, Warner’s novel of the French Revolution of 1848.

ADAM MARS-JONES was born in London, where he lives and works. His fiction includes Monopolies of Love (1992) and The Waters of Thirst (1993). He writes about films and books for London newspapers.

Review:

"Sylvia Townsend Warner, an eccentric and accomplished novelist, brings this story to life with unforgettable vividness." —NPR 

“At long last I pulled down from its place on the shelves
Sylvia Townsend Warner’s plump little novel impishly titled Mr. Fortune’s Maggot and was once again amazed by what a witty, poetic, clairvoyant writer this English woman was.”
—John Updike

“Mr. Fortune’s Maggot is satire at its best. There are pas-
sages here—particularly those delightfully malicious ones, of which there are many—that still cause the reader to laugh out loud. There is so much truth here in regard to Christianity, innocent love, and English reticence that it is easy to dismiss Mr. Fortune’s Maggot as a novel without a clear content. Truth can be very simple and very engaging.”
—Anthony Slide

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 14.95
US$ 12.17

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sylvia Townsend Warner
Published by The New York Review of Books, Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The New York Review of Books, Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. After a decade in one South Seas mission, a London bank-clerk-turned-minister sets his heart on serving a remote volcanic island. Fanua contains neither cannibals nor Christians, but its citizens, his superior warns, are like children--immoral children. Still, Mr. Timothy Fortune lights out for Fanua. Yet after three years, he has made only one convert, and his devotion to the boy may prove more sensual than sacred. Mr. Fortune s Maggot, Sylvia Townsend Warner s follow-up to Lolly Willowes, is lyrical, droll, and deeply affecting, and her missionary captivated his creator as much as he did her readers. Long after the work s publication, Warner began the novella The Salutation. Now adrift and starving on the Brazilian pampas, Mr. Fortune is rescued by an elderly widow, who delights in having an Englishman about the house. Her heir, however, may beg to differ. Brilliant and subversive, Mr. Fortune s Maggot and its sequel are now available in one volume. They show Sylvia Townsend Warner at the height of her powers. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781590174586

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Warner, Sylvia Townsend
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9781590174586

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

WARNER, SYLVIA TOWNSEND
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1590174585

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sylvia Townsend Warner
Published by The New York Review of Books, Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The New York Review of Books, Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. After a decade in one South Seas mission, a London bank-clerk-turned-minister sets his heart on serving a remote volcanic island. Fanua contains neither cannibals nor Christians, but its citizens, his superior warns, are like children--immoral children. Still, Mr. Timothy Fortune lights out for Fanua. Yet after three years, he has made only one convert, and his devotion to the boy may prove more sensual than sacred. Mr. Fortune s Maggot, Sylvia Townsend Warner s follow-up to Lolly Willowes, is lyrical, droll, and deeply affecting, and her missionary captivated his creator as much as he did her readers. Long after the work s publication, Warner began the novella The Salutation. Now adrift and starving on the Brazilian pampas, Mr. Fortune is rescued by an elderly widow, who delights in having an Englishman about the house. Her heir, however, may beg to differ. Brilliant and subversive, Mr. Fortune s Maggot and its sequel are now available in one volume. They show Sylvia Townsend Warner at the height of her powers. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781590174586

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Warner, Sylvia Townsend
Published by NYRB Classics
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYRB Classics. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1590174585 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132180670

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Sylvia Townsend Warner
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97815901745861.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (author), Adam Mars-Jones (introduction)
Published by New York Review Books 2011-08-16, New York (2011)
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Review Books 2011-08-16, New York, 2011. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9781590174586

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.85
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Warner, Sylvia Townsend/ Mars-Jones, Adam (INT)
Published by New York Review of Books 2011-08-16 (2011)
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Review of Books 2011-08-16, 2011. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-BNT-00798825

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Sylvia Townsend Warner
Published by New York Review Books Classics (2011)
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Review Books Classics, 2011. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TH9781590174586

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.05
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Sylvia Townsend Warner, Adam Mars-Jones (Introduction)
Published by NYRB Classics (2011)
ISBN 10: 1590174585 ISBN 13: 9781590174586
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYRB Classics, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1590174585

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book