"MASTERLY… IT HAS SOME OF THE BEST MOMENTS OF COMEDY GREEN HAS WRITTEN": FIRST EDITION OF HENRY GREEN'S FINAL NOVEL, DOTING, 1952
(YORKE, Henry) GREEN, Henry. Doting. London: Hogarth Press, 1952. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $350.
First edition of the final novel by Green, widely considered, after Virginia Woolf, to be "the leading experimental novelist in Britain, and one of the foremost novelists of all serious kinds," with publication by the Woolfs' Hogarth Press.
Publishing his nine novels under the pen name of Henry Green, Henry Yorke was born into wealth and worked most of his life in the family firm. Doting, his final novel, won immediate praise as "a masterly exercise in technique…. It has some of the best moments of comedy Green has yet written" (Times Literary Supplement). V. S. Pritchett quickly placed Green in "the mad tradition in English literature—Stern, Carroll, Firbank and Mrs. Wolf are predecessors." The novel's "brilliantly rendered dialogue… display[s] something close to old-fashioned formal perfection… this is Green's true originality and distinctiveness: his ability to dispense somehow with much of the familiar (but, it turns out, nonessential) machinery of the novel… His novels aren't really narrated at all—they simply unfold, just the way life does" (New York Times). Not long after publication Edward Stokes observed: "in the last ten years Green has come to be regarded… as one of the most individual and important novelists now writing" (Novels of Henry Green, 7). To his biographer Jeremy Treglown: "since the death of Virginia Woolf there had been no one to challenge Green as the leading experimental novelist in Britain, and one of the foremost novelists of all serious kinds" (Romancing, 193). Green died in 1973. First issue, with no indication of printings on copyright page. With dust jacket designed by British artist and designer Lynton Lamb; without Book Society bellyband. See Connolly, Modern Movement 59.
Book fine; lightest edge-wear to spin ends of about-fine dust jacket.