Novelists in Their Youth

John Halperin

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 1990
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Synopsis: An unrepentant enthusiast for the art of literary biography, Halperin not only believes that the author's life and work are inextricably linked, but that the themes, obsessions and ideas that characterize his or her output are formed during, and can be traced back to, the writer's formative years. In this book he examines the early years of Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, George Robert Gissing and Edith Wharton. The author's previous books include "Gissing: A life in Books", "Trollope and Politics", "The Life of John Austen" and "C.P. Snow: An Oral Biography".

From Library Journal: Henry James, Thomas Hardy, George Gissing, Joseph Conrad, Edith Wharton, and Somerset Maugham are the young authors that Halperin examines in this short but valuable study. Showing adequately how various influences on the writers led to their mature works, Halperin clarifies what interests they shared and how they inspired each other. He also gives chronological unity to authors whose lives spanned the time period 1860 to 1920. The effective prose conveys facts about the authors most people may not know, such as Gissing: "A detective hides in a contiguous room--the young man looks nervously around the room; sees the money; takes it. The thief of course was George Gissing." Recommended for public libraries, where the book clearly will give students and researchers an insight into the young novelists.
- Vicki Cecil, Johnson Cty. P.L., Greenwood, Ind.
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 1990
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