The Green Child (Paperback)

By Herbert Edward Read, Kenneth Rexroth (Adapted by)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811201728, 194pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1935

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/16/2013)
Paperback (3/1/2010)

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In genre The Green Child is perhaps closest to the French conte philosophique, yet the word "philosophical" suggests the abstruse, whereas this is a very moving and exciting story, alive with the poetry of living, and, at the same time, with a strange kind of other-worldly suspense. In his introduction Kenneth Rexroth speaks of the book's "unearthly, hypnotic radiance," and Graham Greene has said of it: "here Read conveys the private sense of glory, the same sense of glory that impelled Christian writers to picture the City of God." T. S. Eliot once told the publisher that he considered The Green Child to be one of the finest examples of English prose style of the century.