Written with genial sympathy, cynical humor, and distinguished realism, On the Staircase is an entrancing novel about the experiences, adventures, and emotions of a small group of ordinary young people. The story follows two households, one a cramped ménage, and the other an uninhibited, cheerful group—it is ultimately a hymn to the family.
About the Author
Frank Arthur Swinnerton (1884–1982) was an English novelist, literary critic, biographer, and essayist. Upon his death he was one of the last links to such nineteenth-century writers as H. G. Wells, John Galsworthy, and Arnold Bennett. He considered Harvest Comedy and The Georgian Literary Scene to be his best books, but felt that neither had any lasting importance—as he thought himself lazy!