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Novelist, short-story writer, and literary critic, L. P. Hartley won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1947 for Eustace and Hilda. Part of a trilogy that offers a penetrating and disturbing psychological study of what Hartley called "sisteritis" in an upper-middle-class family, the three books were described by the London Times as "unique in modern writing...diverting and disturbing. Beneath a surface "almost overcivilized' the reviewer found "a hollow of horror."' One of Hartley's special interests is Henry James, with whom he has been compared. In The Tragic Comedians, James Hall devotes a chapter to Hartley, who is respected but not popular in Britain, read by few in America, but praised by discerning critics in both countries: "Along with Green and Powell, Hartley has changed the direction of the comic novel, raising even more seriously than they the question of whether it remains comic at all.... His freshness consists at first in simply changing the patterns of the naturalist novel from social insights to emotional ones; yet in doing so he departs from both the older solid way of conceiving character and the more recent fluid way of conceiving consciousness." David Cecil called The Go-Between (1953) "impressive," and wrote: "Hartley is for me the first of living novelists in certain important respects; beauty of style, lyrical quality of feeling and, above all, the power and originality of his imagination, which wonderfully mingles ironic comedy, whimsical fancy and a mysterious Hawthorne-like poetry." The Novelist's Responsibility is a collection of essays and letters. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Go-Between (Author) 2,101 copies, 37 reviews
Eustace and Hilda: A Trilogy 271 copies, 2 reviews
The Hireling 216 copies, 5 reviews
The Shrimp and the Anemone 163 copies, 4 reviews
Facial Justice 137 copies, 2 reviews
A Perfect Woman 51 copies
The Sixth Heaven 46 copies, 2 reviews
Eustace and Hilda 45 copies, 3 reviews
The Boat 37 copies, 1 review
The Brickfield 31 copies
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor, some editions) 1,070 copies, 21 reviews
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Contributor) 513 copies, 7 reviews
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (Contributor) 466 copies, 8 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (Contributor) 275 copies, 9 reviews
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (Contributor) 142 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (Contributor) 131 copies, 2 reviews
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (Contributor) 63 copies, 2 reviews
Great Ghost Stories (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (Contributor) 56 copies, 4 reviews
The Third Ghost Book (Introduction; Contributor) 51 copies
Chillers for Christmas (Contributor) 44 copies
The Second Ghost Book (Contributor) 44 copies
The Third Omnibus of Crime (Contributor) 43 copies
Realms of Darkness (Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
Ghosts for Christmas (Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (Contributor) 37 copies, 2 reviews
65 Great Murder Mysteries (Contributor) 34 copies
The Ghost Book: Sixteen Stories of the Uncanny (Contributor) 31 copies, 1 review
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume Three (Contributor) 25 copies, 1 review
The Go-Between [1971 film] (Original book) 22 copies, 2 reviews
Night chills : stories of suspense and horror (Contributor) 21 copies, 1 review
The Tenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
Paha vieras 15 copies
Famous Tales of the Fantastic (Contributor) 12 copies, 2 reviews
The Black Cap: New Stories of Murder and Mystery (Contributor) 9 copies, 1 review
The Country Child (Contributor) 9 copies
Beyond Midnight (Author) 8 copies
Shudders (Contributor) 7 copies
When Churchyards Yawn (Contributor) 6 copies
Armchair Horror Collection (Contributor) 5 copies
Ghosts in Country Houses (Contributor) 5 copies
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden (Author, some editions) 3 copies, 1 review
The Best British Short Stories of 1933 (Contributor, some editions) 2 copies
Terrors, Traumas and Torments (Contributor) 2 copies
The New Decameron. Sixth volume (Contributor) 1 copy
Stories of the Macabre (Contributor) 1 copy
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