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ID
a103
Title
The Distant Horns of Summer
Genre
Novel
Page Count
280
Word Count
86000
Publisher
Michael Joseph
Publication Year
1967
Topics
Childhood, Adultery

London: Michael Joseph, 1967. Departing both thematically and stylistically from his previous work, Bates's final novel explores the imaginary lives of two characters -- six-year-old James, neglected by his globe-trotting parents, and his seventeen-year-old governess, Gilly -- and their struggles with deceit and disappointment. The title is inspired by lines in William Blake's "The Schoolboy." Reviews: Books and Bookmen (October 1967, p. 49, Anne Britton, attached) Punch (September 13, 1967, R.G.G. Price, attached) Spectator (September 8, 1967, p. 274, Peter Vansittart, attached)


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