V.S. Pritchett (1900–1997) was a British essayist, novelist and short story writer. He worked as a foreign correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitorand as a literary critic forNew Statesman. In 1968 Pritchett was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire; he was knighted in 1975. His body of work includes many collections of short stories, in addition to travelogues, reviews, literary biographies and novels.

IN THE REVIEW

Mocking the Immemorial

Rossetti and His Circle

by Max Beerbohm, a new edition with an introduction by N. John Hall

The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson, or an Oxford Love Story by

by Max Beerbohm, with 80 illustrations by the author and an introduction N. John Hall
“Exhaustive accounts” of his period, Max Beerbohm once wrote, “would need far less brilliant pens than mine.” Elect among British parodists and cartoonists, he was both writer and painter, as insinuating in his prose as with his playful brush. He seems also to have decided to be an adult enigma …

The Magician’s Trick

The Enchanter

by Vladimir Nabokov, translated by Dmitri Nabokov
When Vladimir Nabokov was questioned in America about the impulse that had led him to write his sensational novel Lolita, he half-evaded the question. He said he had felt an early “throb” of interest in the subject of nymphets when he was a refugee in Paris in 1939 and was …

On the Verge

Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860–-1865

by Joseph Frank
We now have the third volume of Joseph Frank’s exhaustive and responsive examination of Dostoevsky and his works. We see Dostoevsky returning to St. Petersburg after his infamous imprisonment with common criminals in Siberia, which had been prolonged by enforced military service there, and lasted a total of ten years.

The Look that Freezes

John Leech and the Victorian Scene

by Simon Houfe
How lucky the novelists were in the puff their illustrators gave them in the Victorian age! They doubled and gave visual life to characters and scenes. Lucky also in the proliferation of magazines and the work of the graphic cartoonists and satirists. The age of print was the age of …

His Angry Way

Mr Noon University Press

by D.H. Lawrence, edited by Lindeth Vasey
A novelist has his winners in the stable, but what happens to those that go lame and never finish the course? There is the semi-mystery of a short novel, Mr Noon, which D.H. Lawrence began in 1920 following The Lost Girl, The White Peacock, The Rainbow, and Sons and Lovers: …

‘A Roaring Positive Fellow’

The Letters of Anthony Trollope; Volume I, 1835–1870 Volume II, 1871–1882

edited by N. John Hall
In the portraits done in middle life, Anthony Trollope is a threatening figure. The bald head gleams, the eyes behind the small steel spectacles glare, the nose is ready to snort, the rough beard looks like a bunch of thistles: the ungainly man in the frock coat and loud trousers …

The Solace of Intrigue

Good Behaviour

by Molly Keane

Time After Time

by Molly Keane
By the Twenties the Anglo-Irish gentry—the “Ascendancy” as they were called—rapidly became a remnant. After the treaty, some stormed out shouting at the receding Wicklow Hills. Those who stayed on resorted to irony; for centuries they had been a caste in decline on a poor island-within-an-island in Britain’s oldest colony.

Surviving in the Ruins

Cyril Connolly: Journal and Memoir

by David Pryce-Jones

The Selected Essays of Cyril Connolly

edited by Peter Quennell
In person Cyril Connolly was a gift to the rueful moralists and extravagant gossips of every kind in his generation, but above all to himself. He was an egoist and actor with many parts and impersonations. I often thought of him in middle age as a phenomenal baby in a …