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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

Summering with a fellow schoolboy on a great English estate, Leo, the hero ofL. P.Hartley’s finest novel, encounters a world of unimagined luxury. But when his friend’s beautiful older sister enlists him as the unwitting messenger in her illicit love affair, the aftershocks will be felt for years. The inspiration for the brilliant Joseph Losey/Harold Pinter film starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates,The Go-Betweenis a masterpiece—a richly layered, spellbinding story about past and present, naveté and knowledge, and the mysteries of the human heart. This volume includes, for the first time ever in North America, Hartley’s own introduction to the novel.

About the Author

L.P.Hartley (1895–1972), the son of the director of a brickworks, attended Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford, before setting out on a career as a literary critic and writer of short stories. In 1944 he published his first novel,The Shrimp and the Anemone, the opening volume of the trilogyEustace and Hilda. In the spring of 1952, Hartley beganThe Go-Between, a novel strongly rooted in his childhood. By October he had already completed the first draft, and the finished product was published in early 1953.The Go-Betweenbecame an immediate critical and popular success and has long been considered Hartley’s finest book. His many other novels includeFacial Justice, The Hireling,andThe Love-Adept.

Colm Tóibín is the author of six novels, includingThe Master(a novel based on the life of Henry James) andBrooklyn, and two collections of stories,Mothers and SonsandThe Empty Family. He has been a visiting writer at Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin, and Princeton, and is now Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590175361
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication Date:
20111130
Author:
Hartley, L. P.
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English

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