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READ, Herbert.

The Green Child.

A romance.

London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1935 Stock Code: 38508
£1,000.00

"Read's extraordinary romance" (Magill)

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First edition, first impression, of art-critic Herbert Read's only novel, uncommonly found in such bright condition. The Green Child is "part adventure story, part contribution to utopian literature" in which "the fantastic element is borderline science fiction" (ODNB; Bleiler). The work contrasts two examples of potential utopian societies; the first a man-made "benevolent despotism, which might be characterised as a mild socialism oriented toward the material aspects of life", the second that of a people derived from the English folklore of the Green Man who "live in a spiritual, wu-wei existence that consists of harmony with the formative forces of nature" (ibid.). Ultimately Read appears to conclude "that Utopia-building and romantic alienation are both one death, and that one must stay in the world if one would save it" (Magill, p. 657).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in gilt, black coated endpapers. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Contents a trifle browned as usual, spine very slightly faded through the dust jacket but an exceptional copy in the very lightly tanned dust jacket.

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