In Youth Is Pleasure

In Youth Is Pleasure

by Denton Welch


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In Youth Is Pleasure by Denton Welch

First published in 1945, In Youth is Pleasure is a beautiful and unassuming coming-of-age novel by the English writer and painter Denton Welch (1915-1948). Painfully sensitive and sad Orville Pym is fifteen years old, and this novel recounts the summer holiday after his first miserable year at public school - but as in all of Welch's work what is most important are the details of his characters' surroundings. Welch is a Proustian writer of uncanny powers of observation who, as William Burroughs writes, "makes the reader aware of the magic that is right under his eyes." Also included in this edition is the first U.S. publication of I Left my Grandfather's House. This first-person account of a idyllic walking tour in the British countryside undertaken when Welch was eighteen makes a fascinating companion piece to the fictionalized, though no less autobiographical, In Youth is Pleasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525481614
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/1985
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Denton Welch was born on 29 March 1915 in Shanghai, the youngest of three brothers. Welch was sent back to England to attend St Michael's prep school in Uckfield, and then Repton School, where his main achievements were in art. Soon after his sixteenth birthday he ran away from school. With his family's approval he enrolled at the Goldsmiths' School of Art in April 1933 to study painting. He showed great promise as an artist but in June 1935, while still a student, he was knocked off his bicycle by a motorist, severely damaging his spine and kidneys; for the rest of his life he was a semi-invalid. Welch settled in Kent, in a succession of rented flats and cottages. His final home was in the village of Crouch, where his faithful friend Eric Oliver cared for him until his premature death on 30 December 1948.

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