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Lewis: Rotting Hill
“the most fascinating personality of our time...
the most distinguished living novelist” — T. S. Eliot
“the only English writer, who can be compared to
Dostoevsky” — Ezra Pound
Wyndham Lewis:
Rotting Hill
Edited with Afterword and Notes
by Paul Edwards
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Returning in 1945 to London from North America after a six-year period of self-exile, Wyndham Lewis found himself “in the capital of a dying empire — not crashing down in flames and smoke but expiring in a peculiar muffled way.” The extensive dry rot that had invaded his Notting Hill apartment — and the inconvenience caused him by carpenters striving to correct it — immediately came to symbolize for Lewis the degenerate condition of English society. When he described the dry rot to Ezra Pound — then hospitalized in America — Pound shot back a reference to Rotting Hill, giving Lewis the title for this collection of autobiographical stories.

As is the case with Lewis’s other forays into social criticism, few targets are spared here. Lewis demolishes in a brilliant satiric fusillade everything he doesn’t like about the brave new world they all live in: the war debt, food shortages, inefficient National Health services, shoddy manufactured goods, mediocre art, de-humanized education and the moribund Anglican church.

It’s no surprise a book as radically acerbic as this one met with little popular acceptance at the time it was published. First issued in England in 1951, then in America in 1952, Rotting Hill soon lapsed into out-of-print status, and in recent years has been one of the scarcest and most sought-after Lewis titles.

That there was much rotting of the spirit in this blistering period, of what we pretentiously term history, was not hidden from me exactly. But I must confess that it was with surprise that, resting my hand carelessly upon a windowsill at our apartment, I found my nails sinking into the wood. The wood in our flat had up till then behaved on all occasions like wood. It was a week later, I think, that putting my hand out in the dark to turn on the light, my finger plunged into the wood of a door. These were my first contacts with the rot ...
264 pages, Paperback, 6'' x 9'' (150 x 230 mm)
1 b/w illustration, English
ISBN-13: 978-0-87685-646-8  
ISBN-10: 0-87685-646-6      $ 15.00
About the Editor:
Paul Edwards was born in Colchester, England, in 1950. He attended Cambridge University, and later studied the work of Wyndham Lewis at the universities of Birming­ham and London. He has been the editor of Enemy News, the Journal of the Wyndham Lewis Society.
Mr. Edwards lives in Cambridge, Eng-land. He is a senior lecturer in English at Bath Spa University College.
Book design by Barbara Martin
About the Author:
Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)
Percy Wyndham Lewis
(1882-1957) was a novelist, painter, es­say­ist, poet, critic, polemicist and one of the truly dynamic forces in literature and art in the twentieth century. He was the founder of Vorticism, the only original movement in 20th century English painting.
He is the author of Tarr (1918), The Lion and the Fox (1927), Time and Western Man (1927, 1993), The Apes of God (1930), The Revenge for Love (1937), and Self Condemned (1954).
Wyndham Lewis was ranked highly by his important contemporaries.
See also:

Volcanic Heaven: The Vulgar Streak
Wyndham Lewis: Vulgar Streak
Laden with ironic commentary on modern history and the English social system, The Vulgar Streak (first pub­lished 1941) is a dark, gripping, swift-moving novel of ideas. more...
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