The life of Henry Yorke and the writing of Henry Green
Hancock, Ann (1981) The life of Henry Yorke and the writing of Henry Green. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis is in two parts. Part I deals with the life of Henry
Yorke, the real name of the author, Henry Green. My aims are: to suggest
how the roles of businessman and novelist interrelated and how
Green's personality and attitudes affected his writing; to describe how
the novels were critically received at the time of publication; and to
establish Green's social context. Green's life has up to now been virtually
ignored by critics so research involved not only reference to
published material but also contact with Green's friend and family.
The opening pages of Part II make the link between life and work
in a brief discussion of Green's theoretical writings, which were based
largely on his own experience. I then go on to consider the novels in
detail. Some comparisons are made with other novelists, not so much to
set Green in a tradition as to establish a context of twentieth-century
literature which Green is at once part of yet apart from.
Chapters 9 to 12 examine techniques: structure, imagery, symbolism,
narrative style, dialogue. There are several reasons for my approach.
First, the concentration on language is due to my interest in Green
primarily as a writer of prose rather than fiction. Repeated words
and, even more, dialogue, are structural elements in Green's novels but
have received scant attention. My discussion of these topics stresses
ambivalence, which characterized Green's style of perception. I explore
his belief that a novel should be open to a multitude of interpretations
and show how the reader is encouraged to participate in the creation of
meaning. The last chapter brings together many of the points already
made in a close reading of Loving.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PR English literature|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Green, Henry, 1905-1974, Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography|
|Official Date:||November 1981|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies|
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