6 thoughts on “Rupert Hart-Davis, Hugh Walpole

  1. I’ve read his Jeremy books, about a small boy growing up in a cathedral city. They are rather charming. Also Mr Perrin & Mr Thrale about two teachers. I tried Judith Paris, part of the Herries chronicles, but found it melodramatic and didn’t like it. It seems he could write about anything!

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  2. Mr Perrin and Mr Traill, about two schoolmasters at odds, is back in print. It’s early enough that it was executed with a little more care. I tried one of the Herries novels in college and got nowhere with it. His output is a solemn reminder that once the tale-spinning has begun, for some writers, it’s easy enough to go on and on without producing anything lasting or valuable.

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  3. Worth reading are his bizarre novels, Portrait of a Man with Red Hair and The Killer and the Slain as well as Mr Perrin and Mr. Traill. I think he’s underrated and his reputation may have been damaged by Somerset Maugham in Cakes and Ale

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  4. Nice to see Hugh Walpole being discussed again. As an avid collector of his I’ve got all of his books. Hugh Walpole is a very fascinating character and his writing is prolific, I’ve found there is much more to the man than is in the biography and since I’ve started collecting his books and associated ephemera I’ve been researching ephemera and some of his rare personal works. I’ve very recently started a blog to celebrate the life and works of Hugh Walpole at hughwalpole.com to start sharing some of my research.

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