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The Green Child

Herbert Read

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ISBN 10: 0811201724 / ISBN 13: 9780811201728
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, 1966
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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This novel was 1st published in 1935 the only novel by the Author. it may be the only one but it is a great one. The book is in fine condition not even a reading crease. T.S Eliot considered "The Green Child" as one of the finest examples of English prose style of our Century and Graham Agreed as did Kenneth Rexrod. If you read one work of fiction this year, make it this one. Bookseller Inventory # 001740

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Title: The Green Child

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publication Date: 1966

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition/Sixth Printing

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"[B]eautifully written....a triumph of delicate and suggestive mystification."―The New York Times

First published in 1935, The Green Child is Herbert Read's only novel. But if he had written nothing else, this one inspired book would insure his fame. It is a Utopian novel, a unique blend of reality and fantasy which moves from the English countryside to the South American pampas and then to a mysterious and eternal underground of caves.

In genre The Green Child is perhaps closest to the French conte philosophique, yet the word "philosophical" suggests the abstruse, whereas this is a very moving and exciting story, alive with the poetry of living, and, at the same time, with a strange kind of other-worldly suspense. In his introduction Kenneth Rexroth speaks of the book's "unearthly, hypnotic radiance," and Graham Greene has said of it: "here Read conveys the private sense of glory, the same sense of glory that impelled Christian writers to picture the City of God." T. S. Eliot once told the publisher that he considered The Green Child to be one of the finest examples of English prose style of the century.

About the Author:

Sir Herbert Edward Read, (1893–1968) was an English anarchist poet, and critic of literature and art. He was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism, and was strongly influenced by proto-existentialist thinker Max Stirner.

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