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Green Child
By Kenneth Rexroth (introduced by) and Herbert Read
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date January 1, 1966
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811201728
ISBN-10 0811201724
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $11.95
§As reported by publisher
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"[B]eautifully written....a triumph of delicate and suggestive mystification."―The New York Times

First published in 1935, The Green Child is Herbert Read's only novel. But if he had written nothing else, this one inspired book would insure his fame. It is a Utopian novel, a unique blend of reality and fantasy which moves from the English countryside to the South American pampas and then to a mysterious and eternal underground of caves.

In genre The Green Child is perhaps closest to the French conte philosophique, yet the word "philosophical" suggests the abstruse, whereas this is a very moving and exciting story, alive with the poetry of living, and, at the same time, with a strange kind of other-worldly suspense. In his introduction Kenneth Rexroth speaks of the book's "unearthly, hypnotic radiance," and Graham Greene has said of it: "here Read conveys the private sense of glory, the same sense of glory that impelled Christian writers to picture the City of God." T. S. Eliot once told the publisher that he considered The Green Child to be one of the finest examples of English prose style of the century.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780811203654
 
from W W Norton & Co Inc (January 1, 1996)
9780811203654 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $8.95
About: The life of a South American political leader is completely changed when he meets a woman from the world of the green people
Paperback
Book cover for 9780811201728 Book cover for 9780811221825 Book cover for 9780956294746
 
With Eliot Weinberger (other contributor), Kenneth Rexroth (other contributor) | Reprint edition from New Directions (October 16, 2013); titled "The Green Child"
9780811221825 | details & prices | 203 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.95
About: A visionary masterpiece filled with green children, quicksand portals, imaginary countries, revolutionary dictators, and subterranean worldsThe Green Child is the only novel by Herbert Read ― the famous English poet, anarchist, and literary critic.
With Graham Greene (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Capuchin Classics (July 9, 2010); titled "The Green Child"
9780956294746 | details & prices | 174 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.50
About: First published in 1935, Herbert Read's only novel is a strange, powerful and original work: a sustained piece of political and philosophical fantasy.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Kenneth Rexroth (other contributor) | from New Directions (January 1, 1966)
9780811201728 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $11.95
About: "[B]eautifully written.

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