(October 29, 1905-December 13, 1973)
Born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Birth name was Henry Vincent Yorke
Wrote the novels ‘Living’ (1929), ‘Party Going’ (1939), ‘Loving’ (1945), ‘Back’ (1946), ‘Concluding’ (1948) and ‘Doting’ (1952)
Why he might be annoying
He described himself in his autobiography as ‘born a mouthbreather with a silver spoon.’
He left Oxford without a degree.
He said he avoided travelling because it ‘interferes with my masturbation.’
He became increasingly reclusive and alcoholic the last 20 years of his life, which he spent ‘unwashed and unshaven, like a vagrant in his own home.’
His books never were best sellers, with the New York Times noting that they ‘slip in and out of print almost unnoticed.’
Why he might not be annoying
He wrote his first novel while an undergraduate at Oxford.
He served with the Auxiliary Fire Service in London during World War II.
He titled one of his novels ‘Nothing’ so he could use that as an answer when people at parties asked what he had written lately.
He was admired by his fellow authors, including W.H. Auden, Eudora Welty and Anthony Burgess.
Rebecca West said, ‘He was a truly original writer, his prose was fresh minted…. None of it had been said before.’
Credit: C. Fishel
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