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And if nothing else, it is nice to see the word equinoctial used in a sentence. Blythe does seem like a fine writer indeed.

I tried to find Blythe's fiction in a local library--either in Memphis or N. Mississippi--when you talked about him before, but there's nothing. I'll probably try interlibrary loan after I do all the reading I need to do for my posts, which is a LOT, because I think I would really like them.


I'm extremely busy today but chiming in just to say that Blythe is indeed great, and I'm envious of paragraphs like the ones Rob quotes. Janet, if you haven't read any of the Wormingford stuff, I think I can safely promise that you'll like it.

Do you have any of it?


It doesn't matter anyway because I'm up to my neck in Dean Koontz books, and it's the goal of my life to convince Rob that they are more than just potboilers. ;-)


Hi Maclin. OT - please put me down for April 12 for a contribution to 52 Authors. I don't yet know which one I will submit first.

"What you find in Blythe is a rare combination of literary erudition, keen observational skills regarding both men and nature, and a sort of peaceful piety that borders on the devotional."

Sounds delightful!

I lived for a year in a little English village with a Norman church. Your descriptions of Blythe sound like a more literary version of the (CofE) parish newsletter there. Off to the library!

That's really what his Wormingford journal books are like. Well, for that matter, that's more or less what they are--a weekly column for the Church Times. He's got me thinking about reviving the Sunday Night Journal.

Here are a couple of interesting articles about Blythe, both from the Telegraph:

In Conversation.

At the Yeoman's House.

Glad he got you thinking about bringing back your Sunday Night Journal pieces; I miss them.

I read another article on Blythe somewhere a while ago that said a recent biography of Patricia Highsmith (the Ripley novels) revealed that he had a close friendship with her. Surprised the heck out of me. His writing is so full of light, and hers so very dark, if not downright evil.

Thank you. If I were to start it up again, it would be more of a journal, and less a series of short essays.

I only vaguely recognized Highsmith's name, but having read the Wikipedia entry, yeah, I'm surprised, too.

I think that Blythe may actually have been "involved" with Highsmith, but if I remember correctly it was quite a while back. Not sure if they remained friends subsequently. I get the impression that RB was a bit of a bohemian when he was in his 20s and 30s.

By the way there are loads of inexpensive copies of both 'Word from Wormingford' and 'Akenfield' on bookfinder.com. Many of his other books as well.

It's not at all surprising that RB would have been a bit wild in his youth. And judging by those pics of Highsmith in her younger days on the Wikipedia page, I can easily see why he could have gotten "involved." But unless he had a pretty radical turnaround at some point, seems like that would have been a peculiar relationship. Well, sounds like any relationship with her would have been peculiar.

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