Michael Irwin, 2 October 1980
Show More Evening Edged in Gold by Arno Schmidt.
Marion Boyars, 215 pp., £60, September 1980, 9780714527192Show More
Confessions of a Lady-Killer by George Stade.
Muller, 374 pp., £6.95, September 1980, 0 584 31057 9Show More
Seahorse by Graham Petrie.
Constable, 169 pp., £5.95, August 1980, 0 09 463710 5Show More
“... The reviewer of fiction can pretty easily acquire enough second-hand information to enable him to imply easy familiarity with the oeuvre of a writer he has only infrequently encountered. There can even be a temptation to go a step further, by seeming to assume that this knowledge will be common to all cultivated people. In the case of Arno Schmidt I am tempted towards no such subterfuges, partly because my ignorance of the man and his work, prior to my reading of Evening Edged in Gold, was total, partly because I imagine numerous other potential British readers will be in a similar position ...”