By (author) Denton Welch
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Maiden Voyage by Denton Welch
Book DescriptionMaiden Voyage is an account of author Denton Welch's 16th year, when he ran away from his English public school and was then sent to Shanghai to live with his father. The book was Welch's first and created a sensation upon publication in 1943. Its frank description of public schoolboy life forced publisher Herbert Read to initially seek advice from libel lawyers. Even Winston Churchill's private secretary gossiped in a letter that, 'the book was reeking with homosexuality? I think I must get it.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781878972286
(203mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Exact Change,U.S.
Publisher: Exact Change,U.S.
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Denton Welch
Journals, Paperback (September 2011)
In the last eight years of his life - and he died when he was only thirty-three - Denton Welch wrote three novels, umpteen short stories, hundreds of poems, and - between 1942 and 1948, a profoundly personal and moving journal that recorded his swift maturity into a writer of genius. This title deals with his journals.
Maiden Voyage, Paperback (July 2011)
Born in Shanghai in 1915, son of a wealthy rubber merchant, Denton Welch was dispatched to an English boarding school after his mother's death. There he suffered, and soon absconded, forcing his father to bring him back to Shanghai where further travels and adventures ensued.
I Left My Grandfather's House, Hardback (October 2006)View all books by Denton Welch
Part of the "Denton Welch" series, this novella recounts a walking tour undertaken by Welch in southern England, while he was a student. It describes his adventures along the way with a sense of nostalgia not only for the pre-war world, but also for the enjoyment of existence in the years before Welch was disabled by a life-threatening accident.
US Kirkus Review » Nicely turned autobiographical record of a 13-year old's year in China, though it's not quite the young Evelyn Waugh-Aubrey Beardsley the publishers claim. He ran away from boarding school to spend five days in search of cathedrals, and agreed to go back for one term only, and then is invited by his father to Shanghai. He was on his own pretty much of the time; he looked for collector's items by day, roved the streets at night, takes a trip into the interior with another avid collector, spends one night in a brothel and others at missions. His is a record of a search for experience as well as objets d'art - pleasant memoirs of observant youth. (Kirkus Reviews)
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