Books: Accident

BLINDNESS by Henry Green Viking; 207 pages; $8.95

Blindness looks like the best first novel of the year, except that the year is 1926. That was when the book appeared briefly in England and the U.S. before sinking from view. Its author was Henry Yorke, a wealthy young Oxford student who went on to write eight more novels under the pseudonym Henry Green. Although he never achieved widespread popularity before his death in 1973, Green did not labor in quite the obscurity that his circle of admirers claim; his novel Loving, published in the...

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