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- DescriptionPhilip Larkin's favourite vel? That might be an exaggeration but it is one that t only exercised a lasting fascination for him but was also an influence on his own vel writing. Larkin famously wrote about it in a 1982 Spectator article (republished in Required Writing ) under the wonderfully apt title The Traffic in the Distance . Despite Larkin's enthusiasm The Senior Commoner , until w, has never been reissued , and although reprinted once, second-hand copies have been fabulously rare. The Senior Commoner was first published in 1934. It is set in Eton College (dubbed Ayrton in the vel) but is t remotely in the tradition of the English School story. To quote Larkin, 'There is story, or hardly any: the book is a huge structure of tiny episodes, designed to portray a complex institution at all levels'. Whilst, interestingly, there might stylistic similarities with Henry Green and the early vels of Anthony Powell (all three authors were at Eton at the same time, though Julian Hall was two years junior to the other two) this vel very much has its own voice, indeed, Larkin found it unique. He was attracted to its 'brittle plangency of style' and its 'studied circumstantial irrelevancy' and concluded, 'Nor have I ever read ather book in the least like it'.
- Author BiographyJulian Hall (1907-1974) was educated at Eton and Oxford. He was the author of four books, three of them novels - Laura Seaborne, The Senior Commoner and Two Exiles - all published in the 1930s. During the Second World War he worked in military intelligence. After the war he worked with the BBC Home Talks. Later he wrote theatre and sometimes film reviews but never published another novel.
- Author(s)Julian Henry Hall
- PublisherFaber & Faber
- Date of Publication18/06/2009
- SubjectSpiritual Writers
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFaber & Faber
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight472 g
- Width216 mm
- Height135 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
- Edition StatementMain
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