Maiden Voyage

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Maiden Voyage is an account of author Denton Welch's sixteenth year, when he ran away from his English public school and was then sent to Shanghai to live with his father. The book was Welch's first and created a sensation on publication in 1943; its frank description of public schoolboy life forced publisher Herbert Read to initially seek advice from libel lawyers. Even Winston Churchill's private secretary gossiped in a letter that, "the book was reeking with homosexuality? I think I must get it." Today, ...
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Overview

Maiden Voyage is an account of author Denton Welch's sixteenth year, when he ran away from his English public school and was then sent to Shanghai to live with his father. The book was Welch's first and created a sensation on publication in 1943; its frank description of public schoolboy life forced publisher Herbert Read to initially seek advice from libel lawyers. Even Winston Churchill's private secretary gossiped in a letter that, "the book was reeking with homosexuality? I think I must get it." Today, Welch's expressions of sexuality may seem more demure than outrageous, but his portrayal of the passions and humiliations of adolescence is graphic. As in all of Welch's novels, it is the precisely realized details of the author's physical and social surroundings that make the book such a remarkable journey.
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Matthew Stadler
Welch chose the plainest, most natural voice...There is no screen of literariness or melodrama, so the reader is placed abruptly against the failure of words to bridge desire and reality...Lines are short and clear, yet never falsely compacted. The repetition of "me" leaves the paragraph frayed, unpolished; a lesser writer would have worked hard to avoid it, The result, sustained throughout the book, is supremely conversational ingenious—hence "real."
—Bookforum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878972286
  • Publisher: Exact Change
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,451,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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