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Series: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9781681374123
Pages: 328
Publication Date: April 21, 2020

SurvivingStories, Essays, Interviews

by Henry Green, edited by Matthew Yorke, with an introduction by John Updike and an afterword by Sebastian Yorke


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“At its highest pitch,” John Updike writes in his introduction to Surviving, “Green’s writing brings the rectangle of printed page alive like little else in English fiction this century—a superbly rendered surface above a trembling depth, alive not only with the reflections of reality but with the consolations of art.” Though fellow writers from W.H. Auden to Eudora Welty have lionized his brilliant, original, often hugely funny novels, Henry Green remains one of the great literary secrets of our time.

Surviving, which gathers a selection of Green’s writings, features a number of remarkable stories from the 1920s and 1930s; an account of Green’s service in the London Fire Brigade during the Blitz; a short, unpublished play, Journey Out of Spain; a selection of Green’s journalism; and a hilarious interview by Terry Southern for The Paris Review. Edited by the novelist Matthew Yorke, Green’s grandson, Surviving also includes a biographical afterword by Green’s son, Sebastian Yorke, a brilliant portrait of a writer of true genius.


Nearer than almost any other to the spirit and what might be called the central nerve of our time.
—Elizabeth Bowen

The most gifted prose writer of his generation.
—V.S. Pritchett

One of the few really considerable English novelists of our time.
—Angus Wilson

I realized that in the used bookstore I had conflated the name of Julien Green, the French American novelist who inspired Highsmith, with that of Henry James, whom she imitated, to arrive by surprise at one of the great writers in English: Henry Green, who made his work with these kinds of mishearings, and of whom I had never even heard.
—Sarah Nicole Prickett, Bookforum