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Blaze of Noon

Heppenstall, Rayner

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ISBN 10: 0802311466 / ISBN 13: 9780802311467
Published by Dufour Editions, Incorporated, Chester Springs, PA, U.S.A., 1968
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Title: Blaze of Noon

Publisher: Dufour Editions, Incorporated, Chester Springs, PA, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1968

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Thus.

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This is a story told in the first person by a blind man. His name is Louis Dunkel, and he is a masseur. The scene is Cornwall, where he is staying at the house of a patient, Mrs. Nance, whose niece, Sophie, falls in love with him. Their affair, momentarily broken by the strange intrusion of the far more seriously afflicted Amity Nance, is recounted in a prose of great delicacy and precision. `The Blaze of Noon' was written in 1938 and first published the following year in circumstances which Mr. Heppenstall amusingly describes in a prefatory note to the present edition. The book carried a warmly commendatory foreword by Elizabeth Bowen.

About the Author:

Rayner Heppenstall (1911–1981) was a poet, novelist, journalist, and translator who is remembered as a forerunner of the nouveau roman and regarded as the forefather of such experimental writers as Alain Robbe-Grillet, Angela Carter, and Anthony Burgess. Blaze of Noon is universally regarded as his masterpiece. Gareth Buckell is the author of Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study.

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