An omnibus edition of three quintessential novels from a unjustly neglected master of early 20th century literature. Features a new and unexpurgated text of Caught, published here for the first time.
Dazzling, daring and full of original insight and wit, Henry Green offers a unique view of a class-ridden Britain enduring both war and its aftermath. In the apocalyptic atmosphere of the Blitz, so brilliantly evoked in Caught, gossip spreads like wildfire and the lives of two men are torn apart. In Back, Charley, an amputee, returns from a prison camp to his village and the grave of the woman he loved. Concluding was Green's own favourite of his novels and tells the story of a summer's day and a schoolgirl's disappearance.
The text of Caught used in this edition is based on Green's original manuscript, which was censored by the publisher on first publication, but can be read now for the first time in unexpurgated form.
“The greatest of the English modernists after [DH] Lawrence and Virginia Woolf”
“Henry Green's novels are among the most dazzling, inventive and individual of the last century”
“The finest living English novelist”
“The most gifted prose writer of his generation”
“His novels made more of a stylistic impact on me than those of any writer, living or dead”
“These novels offer a glimpse of class in wartime and postwar Britain with wit and style thrown into the mix.”
Fiona Wilson, The Times