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  • Robert Davis
    Notice in today s local paper about the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor. Ancillary to EW studies, but he does appear in the Bibliography in both primary and
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 11, 2011
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      Notice in today's local paper about the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor. Ancillary to EW studies, but he does appear in the Bibliography in both primary and secondary lists, one each. Bob
    • Jeffrey Manley
      The Guardian in advance of a new novel by Alan Hollinghurst called The Stranger s House has run a fairly long article by Blake Morrison on the country house
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 13, 2011
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        The Guardian in advance of a new novel by Alan Hollinghurst called The Stranger's House has run a fairly long article by Blake Morrison on the country house novel as a genre.  
        He opens with BR as the archetype and quotes Waugh's later disavowal of the novel in his introduction to the uniform edition.  Other examples are Howard's End, The Remains of the Day, The Little Stranger and Atonement.  Here's a link:

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/11/country-house-novels-blake-morrison

        The new novel promises to be an advance on Hollinghurst's previous works if only for its lesser reliance on explicit homosexual sex scenes.  Actually, if you left out the 20 percent or so of his previous novel The Line of Beauty that dwelt on explicit sex, it came close to being an update of the BR theme which I think was pointed out at the time.  The scene was not a country house but a Notting Hill pile with a large (communal) garden behind it.  Since there is much irony and sometimes satire in Hollingsworth's writing  the new novel is worth looking out for if it's as good as the Guardian writer seems to suggest.  jeff
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