Neglect

Ian Hamilton

  • BuyAn Unmentionable Man by Edward Upward
    Enitharmon, 102 pp, £5.99, October 1994, ISBN 1 870612 64 7
  • Journey to the Border by Edward Upward
    Enitharmon, 135 pp, £5.99, October 1994, ISBN 1 870612 59 0
  • The Mortmere Stories by Christopher Isherwood and Edward Upward
    Enitharmon, 206 pp, £7.99, October 1994, ISBN 1 870612 69 8

In the title story of Edward Upward’s new collection, a forgotten Marxist author of the Thirties dreams that he is approached by a present-day admirer, a ‘lecturer at a Yorkshire polytechnic’. At first Stephen Highwood is suspicious. He doesn’t expect people to know who he is. His books have long been out of print and are not to be found in public libraries. In surveys of modern literature, his name barely rates a mention. ‘Are you some kind of highclass tout?’ he asks. ‘Which books of mine have you read?’

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