Blindness (British Literatue Series)

Blindness (British Literatue Series)

by Henry Green
     
 

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Blinded in an accident on his way home from boarding school, John Haye must reevaluate his life and the possibilities for his future. His stepmother—worried that, blind and dependent, he'll spend his life with her—wants to marry him off to anyone who will take him, provided she's of the “right” social class. Contrary to her hopes, John falls in

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Blinded in an accident on his way home from boarding school, John Haye must reevaluate his life and the possibilities for his future. His stepmother—worried that, blind and dependent, he'll spend his life with her—wants to marry him off to anyone who will take him, provided she's of the “right” social class. Contrary to her hopes, John falls in love with the daughter of the town drunk (who is also the town parson). She whisks John off to London, where in this strange city he is confined to a room above a major thoroughfare while she gets on with her life.

Blindness was first published when Henry Green was an undergraduate at Oxford. Highly praised as a master of high-modernism, Green went on to write eight other novels, including Concluding and Doting.

Editorial Reviews

Encounter
“A quite astonishing tour de force . . . it announced the entry on the literary stage of the most genuinely original novelist of his day . . . He had an ear which was most delicately and sensitively attuned to every cadence and nuance of the English language as it is actually spoken.”
Angus Wilson
“Henry Green remains one of the few really considerable English novelists of our time.”
New Republic
“As a psychological document it is far too convincing for comfort in its classification as fiction . . . The book is remarkable as the very inner sense of the experience of blindness suffered by a person naturally hyper-sensitive to beauty in all its norms, material and moral.”
New Statesman
“Stark to the point of cruelty . . . Nobody could deny Mr. Green's power.”
The Spectator
“The hopelessness of it all is effectively conveyed and the book has cleverness as well as pathos.”
The Independent
“A rare imagination and sympathy in dealing with a difficult problem.”
V. S. Pritchett
“Green belongs to the mad tradition in English literature—Sterne, Carroll, Firbank, and Mrs. Woolf.”
Saturday Review of Literature
“An unusual and compelling book . . . Blindness contains a quantity of keenly observed impressions, expressed in a clear and flexible prose.”
Library Journal
Written in 1926 and 1952, respectively, these are Green's first and last books. Both ponder the nature of love among the upper class. Blindness follows young John Haye, who is blinded in an accident. His mother wishes to palm him off on anyone who'll take him, but when he falls for a poor girl, it's quite a different matter. Doting portrays a couple in a loveless marriage. Husband Arthur becomes infatuated with a younger girl, which sets events in motion. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564782656
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
British Literature Series
Edition description:
First Dalkey
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Henry Green was the pen name of Henry Vincent Yorke. He was born in 1905 at the family home of his parents, near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, England, and was educated at Eton and Oxford. He worked at the family engineering firm for most of his life and pursued a parallel career as a novelist. He married in 1928 and had one son. During WWII he served in the London Fire Brigade. He died in December 1973.

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