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Wyndham Lewis: Snooty Baronet
“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:
Snooty Baronet
Edited by Bernard Lafourcade
Illustrations by Wyndham Lewis
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Socially acceptable ideas of any age are often like hot-air balloons. In Snooty Baronet Lewis deflates, with devastating humor and satire, the pet delusions of London’s fashionable bohemia of the 1930s. On its publication in 1932, the novel was boycotted by English librarians, who were shocked at its “lewdness.” The threat of libel action also hung over the book when several of Lewis’s acquaintances recognized themselves in his less-than-flattering portraits. The original publisher, consequently, did nothing to promote Snooty Baronet and only a few copies were distributed.

One of his least-known novels this is certainly Lewis’s funniest and possibly his freshest creation. Chronologically it makes the apex of the artist’s career, and stands as a watershed between his experimental and more realistic periods.

Narrator and protagonist is Sir Michael “Snooty” Kell-Imrie, an aristocratic Scots naturalist and behaviorist, author of “Big Game of the Great Deeps” and “People Behaving.” Kell-Imrie’s war wounds have left him with a wooden leg, a silver plate in his skull, a pension, and leisure to pursue his researches into human frailty — both in the beds of his London mistresses and in the remote corners of the globe.

Couched in the most sparkling prose, this philosophical farce transfixed by violence promenades Snooty, the heir to the showman of The Wild Body, from Mayfair to Southern France and ultimately Persia.

318 pages, Cloth Trade: 6 1/2'' x 9 1/2'' (160 x 240 mm)
14 b/w illustrations, English
ISBN-13: 978-0-87685-600-0  
ISBN-10: 0-87685-600-8      $ 25.00
About the Editor:
Bernard Lafourcade was born in 1934 in Grenoble and attended the universities of Grenoble, Oxford (Worcester College) and the Sorbonne. He was a lecturer in English literature at the University of Savoy in Chambéry.
Co-author of A Bibliography of the Writings of Wyndham Lewis (Black Sparrow, 1978), he has written a number of articles on Lewis and translated Cantleman’s Spring-Mate (Paris, 1968), Tarr (Paris, 1970), The Revenge for Love (Lausanne, 1980) and The Wild Body (in collaboration, Lausanne, 1980).
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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