Books: Molten Treasure

LOVING (248 pp.)—Henry Green—Viking ($3).

In 1929 a young nobody of 24 named Henry Green wrote Living, a proletarian novel about the lives of Birmingham factory workers. In the same year another 24-year-old unknown named Henry Vincent Vorke, nephew of a peer named Lord Leconfield, became engaged to the Hon. Adelaide Biddulph.

Little attention was paid to Mr. Green —so little, in fact, that Evelyn Waugh (who had just made a hit with his second novel, Vile Bodies) angrily described Living as "a neglected masterpiece." Henry Green abetted this neglect himself. He made little attempt...

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