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Autor/in:Hartley, L. P.
Titel:The Go-Between (Penguin Books)
Verlag: Penguin UK
Auflage:Auflage von 1990
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L. P. Hartley's powerful novel opens with Leo, a man in his sixties, looking back to his childhood and his first glimpse of the passion and intrigue behind the enigmatic mask of adulthood. In the summer of 1900, as a young boy, the narrator is staying at a friend's house in Norfolk, a time which is to change his life irrevocably. Befriended by a farmer, Leo inadvertently begins to act as a messenger between him and the beautiful Marian up at the house. Proud of the trust placed in him by two people he adores, Leo is drawn in deeper and deeper. A pawn in their dangerous game of deceit and desire, his involvement leads to a premature, devastating awakening.
A classic story of lost innocence, blighted hopes and the pangs of youth,
The Go-Between was beautifully filmed by Joseph Losey in his 1970 adaptation
starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates.
Leslie Poles Hartley was born in Wittlesey,Cambridgeshire, in 1895, and educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford. During the First World War he was a junior officer in the British Army, though he never saw active service. For more than thirty years from 1923 he was an indefatigable fiction reviewer for such periodicals as the Spectator, the Saturday Review, the Sketch, the Observer and Time and Tide.
He published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled Night Fears, in 1924. The Shrimp and the Anemone, his first full-length novel, did not appear until 1944. The first volume of a trilogy, it was followed by The Sixth Heaven (1946) and Eustace and Hilda (1947), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and is also the title by which the whole work is generally known. It was recognized immediately as a major contribution to contemporary English fiction.
His other novels include The Boat (1949) and The Go-Between (1953), which was awarded the Heinemann Foundation Prize of the Royal Society of Literature in 1954 and was later made into an internationally successful film, while the film version of The Hireling (1957) won the principal award at the 1973 Cannes festival. In 1967 he published The Novelist's Responibility, a collection of critical essays. His later books include My Sister's Keeper (1970), Mrs Carteret Receives (1971) and The Harness Room (1971). He was awarded the CBE in the New Year's Honours List in 1956.
L. P. Hartley died in 1972. Lord David Cecil described him as 'One of the most distinguished of modern novelists; and one of the most original. For the world of his creation is composed of such diverse elements.
On the one hand he is a keen and accurate observer of the processes of human thought and feeling; he is also a sharp-eyed chronicler of the social scene. But his picture of both is transformed by the light of a Gothic imagination that reveals itself now in a fanciful reverie, now in the mingled dark and gleam of a mysterious light and a mysterious darkness ... Such is the vision of life presented in [his] novels.