Henry Green Week jan 23 – 29 2012

After a conversation on twitter this afternoon about Henry Green and the fact that not enough people read him .I decide lets do a week for him in January .I think he is maybe one if not the best pre war English writer .He is probably best known for loving his 1945 novel and his brught young think novel party going .

here  is his wiki page 

Sebastian faulks on him in the guardian 

Have you read him ?

What book will you pick ? 


53 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whisperinggums
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 22:21:20

    I would love to read him Stu … love to read good English writers of that period but I don’t think late January will be a good time for me.


  2. Mel u
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 23:57:54

    This is a terrific idea-I read His Loving, Living and Party Going (published in one book by Penquin) in March-I totally love his work especially the conversations-He is not I think much read now but he for sure deserves to be-I hope a lot of people join this event-it is unlikely I will be able to acquire one of his other books by January but I might reread Loving, considered his best work, for the event if there seems to be an interest-great idea

    here is a link to my post on Green



  3. Lisa Almeda Sumner
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 01:14:46

    I’ve never read Green, although I’ve read so much about him, and may even have one of his books around here somewhere. If you think so highly of him, I might be convinced to join you in January…


  4. Anbolyn
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 02:18:25

    I’d like to join in! I know I have a copy of Loving somewhere still packed away after my move a few months ago. I will go through my boxes and try to find it. Great idea – I’m looking forward to it!


  5. Miss Darcy's Library
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 09:49:45

    Great idea! I’ve been wanting to read Green for a while but I’ve been having trouble tracking down his books. If I can lay my hands on a copy, I’ll start with “Loving”.


  6. Kinna
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 18:33:14

    Stu, I would love to read him. To be honest, I’ve not even heard of the guy. I have to get my hands on his novels first. But will join if I do get one. Great idea.


  7. Emily Jane
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 05:51:18

    I haven’t heard of him Stu, but he sounds great. I’m intrigued.


  8. Sarah
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 00:27:45

    Stu, I haven’t read any Henry Green, but his name pops up all over the place (most recently in the James Wood book.) With this in mind I would probably go for Caught. Great idea. Count me in. Thanks 🙂


  9. Caroline
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 19:49:57

    Wonderful idea. I will start with Loving as well.
    I hope I’ll manage as there is also the Bolano group read in January. I will definitely try.


  10. Lisa Hill
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 23:47:50

    Oh, Stu, please, pretty please, make this in February! Like Sue and other members of the Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize I won’t have time to join in if you do it in January!


  11. Simon T
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 13:59:20

    Wonderful idea, I’m definitely up for it – in Jan or Feb or whenever. I’ve got six of his books and read none, might go for Party Going, might start at the beginning…


  12. Fay
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 17:59:13

    Several Greens sit on my shelves unread, so I’m in. Just marked my calendar. February would be better for me too, but I will try to accommodate whatever schedule you name.


  13. Frances
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 00:40:28

    Stu, this is a wonderful idea. Green is one of my hall of shame authors – things I think I should have read but have not touched. Thanks for the push. Now I have to pick one or two titles….


  14. Karyn
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 01:55:01

    Hi Stu, vintage Penguin no. 958 is Loving by Henry Green; I have it on my shelf and have been planning to read it soon, so I will join in as well.


  15. Ruthiella
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 04:10:32

    Found out about this on Stuck In a Book and would love to join in. I will be reading Loving.


  16. Harriet Devine
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 08:29:38

    I’m definitely joining in. I’ve read Loving and Party Going and am reading Concluding now. He is brilliant and this is a great idea. Thanks.


  17. Annabel (gaskella)
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 08:45:23

    Never read him, but I’ve ordered Loving, Living and Party Going so I can join in.


  18. Harriet
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 09:48:20

    I am definitely joining in. Green is an incredible novelist — I’ve read two of his and am reading another right now, so I shall look forward very much to saving another for January — it may be Living if I can wait that long (the ones I’ve read are Loving and Party Going, and Concluding nearly finished). The Sebastian Faulks article is an excellent introduction to this wonderful and ridiculously unknown novelist.


  19. Harriet
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 09:49:21

    PS I tried to leave a comment earlier so if it eventually appears, apologies for the double posting!


  20. fl
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 10:13:34

    this is a good idea….i’ve read loving and next on my list is “pack my bag”…..


  21. helen
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 13:32:36

    Hello Stu, this is my first time visiting your blog. It’s a brilliant idea! I love those novels of Henry Green’s I’ve read and will definitely be joining in (as long as I don’t forget of course, I’m a bit absent-minded).


  22. Leeswammes
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 20:04:26

    I’ve never heard of him and neither has my library! That’s a pity, it’s nice to discover a new old author.


  23. Bellezza
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 04:03:07

    Well, as I have never read Living, Loving, Party Going, I think this is the perfect chance. Count me in, Stu, and thanks for sponsoring this week.


  24. courseofmirrors
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 12:03:32

    Thanks for drawing attention to Green. Curious now. I like his quote in Sebastian Faulk’s Guardian article.

    “Prose is not to be read aloud but to oneself alone at night, and it is not quick as poetry but rather a gathering web of insinuations … Prose should be a long intimacy between strangers with no direct appeal to what both may have known. It should slowly appeal to feelings unexpressed, it should in the end draw tears out of the stone …”


  25. rosecityreader
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 02:50:40

    Golden Age is right. They are my favorites as well. Along with the mid-century dipsomaniacs like Kingsley Amis and Graham Greene, etc.

    I read Loving already because it was on the Modern Library Top 100 list. I have Living and Party Going on my TBR shelf, so I’ll go with Living. It’s on my calendar.


  26. Violet
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 02:32:39

    Count me in! Not sure which book I’ll read yet, though.


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  28. mel u
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 10:11:53

    I will post on Back-a wonderful WWII era novel-I love the prose style of Green.


  29. rosecityreader
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 19:59:04


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