Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Prep-School Passions

Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Prep-School Passions

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In his introductory eulogy, Peter Parker calls In the Making:

The Story of a Childhood (Penguin, £8.99) G. F. Green's masterpiece, which, though not popular, attracted the admiration of E.M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, Stephen Spender, J.R. Ackerley, John Betjeman, Philip Toynbee, C.P. Snow, Pamela Han s ford John son, Frank Tuohy and Alan Sillitoe. According to El i zabeth Bowen, he wa s 'the mo st neglected writer of his generation'.

Explaining the title to his friend Michael Redgrave, Green (pictured above) said: 'The theme is unequivocally that of the conditioning of a homosexual and the foreshadowing of his future love pattern.' The novel is about a young boy's idealistic adoration of an unresponsive older boy in the years they are immured together in a preparatory boarding school. …

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