L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between, ‘the past is a foreign country’

  • David Leon Higdon
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature book series (STCL)


In August 1962, L. P. Hartley recalled his feelings when, at age four-and-a-half in 1900, he moved from Whittlesey in the Cambridgeshire fens to the cathedral city of Petersborough. ‘It was the first time’, he recalled


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