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Autor/in: Denton Welch
Autor/in: Denton Welch

In Youth Is Pleasure

"Maybe there is no better novel in the world than Denton Welch's In Youth Is Pleasure." - John Waters
Flagrantly controversial on its first publication in 1945, In Youth Is Pleasure is a tender and fierce account of boyhood and nascent homosexual desire by Denton Welch (1915-48).
Against the backdrop of an English country hotel in a languid pre-war summer, Denton Welch's alter ego, Orvil Pym, examines his early life and formative experiences with a Proustian intensity. An adolescent voyeur, Orvil takes pleasure in the microscopic observation of his relatives and fellow guests, charting their eccentricities and love affairs as faithfully as he exposes his own obsessions.
In Youth Is Pleasure was Welch's second novel, a study of an adolescent who is hyper-sensitive and precocious (like the author himself), and who falls in love with nature and does not wish to return to school - but as in all of Welch's work, what is most important are the details of his characters' surroundings.
"In Youth Is Pleasure couples the linguistic virtuosity of modernism with a manic cast of characters" - Los Angeles Review of Books
'Denton Welch makes the reader aware of the magic that is right under his eyes ... If any writer has been neglected it is Denton.' - William S. Burroughs

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Autoreninformationen

Denton Welch (1915-1948) was born in Shanghai in 1915, the youngest of four boys, to a wealthy British-­American family. After leaving his English boarding school (Repton), Welch decided to follow his dream of becoming a painter, and studied art at Goldsmiths in London. The physical injuries sustained in a cycling accident in 1935, however, saw him increasingly turn towards a hitherto secondary interest: writing. When Welch's debut, Maiden Voyage, was published in 1942, it was an instant literary sensation ('I have been told that it reeks of homosexuality,' wrote Winston Churchill's secretary; 'I think I must get it'). This was followed by In Youth Is Pleasure in 1945 and, after his premature death from spinal tuberculosis in 1948, the publication of his unfinished masterpiece, A Voice Through A Cloud. 'If any writer has been neglected it is Denton', wrote William Burroughs in 1985 - but Welch is also a writer who has attracted a firm coterie of admirers, ranging from W.H. Auden to Alan Bennett, Edith Sitwell to John Waters. Of his short life, Edmund White has noted, 'He had the power to generate interest out of even the most meagre materials. He had this gift from the beginning but suffering and illness refined it to a white-­hot flame.'

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EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-1925788792
10-stellige ISBN 1925788792
Verlag Woolf Haus Publishing
Sprache Englisch
Editionsform Taschenbuch
Einbandart Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 11. Juni 2020
Seitenzahl 178
Beilage Paperback
Format (L×B×H) 19,8cm × 12,9cm × 0,9cm
Gewicht 196g
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