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Foreign Country: The Life of L. P. Hartley
Adrian Wright
March 2002
From Library Journal
Leslie Poles Hartley (1895-1972) was a prolific British writer best known for his novels The Shrimp and the Anemone, Eustace and Hilda, and The Go-Between. Wright, a former professional librarian, has written the first biography of Hartley. It covers his upper-middle-class childhood, his undemanding service during World War I, his unsuccessful struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality, and his adult life as a writer among the wealthy and titled in Venice and England. The author has produced a scholarly work that is generally well written despite the occasional awkward phrase. It is to Wright's credit that he has not spared the man whom he calls his "boyhood hero" but provides us with a balanced portrait of Hartley as he was: a fine writer and a snobbish social climber who was not above being cruel to...

Eustace and Hilda
Leslie Poles P. Hartley
August 2001
Book Description
The three books gathered together as Eustace and Hilda explore a brother and sister's lifelong relationship. Hilda, the older child, is both self-sacrificing and domineering, as puritanical as she is gorgeous; Eustace is a gentle, dreamy, pleasure-loving boy: the two siblings could hardly be more different, but they are also deeply devoted. And yet as Eustace and Hilda grow up and seek to go their separate ways in a world of power and position, money and love, their relationship is marked by increasing pain.

L. P. Hartley's much-loved novel, the magnum opus of one of twentieth-century England's best writers, is a complex and spellbinding work: a comedy of upper-class manners; a study in the subtlest nuances of feeling; a poignant reckoning with the ironies of character and fate. Above all, it is about two...

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