Doting

Doting

by Henry Green
     
 

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Written almost completely in dialogue, Henry Green's final novel is a biting comedy of manners that exposes the deceptive difference between those who love and those who "dote." Arthur Middleton is a middle-aged member of the upper-middle class living in post-World War II London with his wife. Stuck in a passionless marriage, Arthur becomes infatuated with Annabel,

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Written almost completely in dialogue, Henry Green's final novel is a biting comedy of manners that exposes the deceptive difference between those who love and those who "dote." Arthur Middleton is a middle-aged member of the upper-middle class living in post-World War II London with his wife. Stuck in a passionless marriage, Arthur becomes infatuated with Annabel, a much younger woman. Their relationship sets into motion a series of intertwining affairs between five close friends less concerned with love than with their attempts to keep the other lovers apart.

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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.
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"Doting has some of the best moments of comedy Mr. Green has yet written." --Times Literary Supplement

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"There is possibly no novelist in business who punctures human pretensions quite so subtly as Henry Green.... " --Atlantic Monthly

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"Witty, stylish, poignant, mordantly funny and horribly sad." --J.D. Scott, New Statesman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780678031599
Publisher:
Scholar's Bookshelf
Publication date:
12/28/1970
Pages:
248

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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