G.B. Edwards

in Vale, Guernsey
July 08, 1899

December 29, 1976


Edwards is known for The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, which was published posthumously in 1981. Edwards had worked on his great novel for many years but only completed it towards the end of his life, presenting the typescript to his friend Edward Chaney in August 1974, rather in the manner that the fictional Ebenezer bequeaths his 'Book' to Neville Falla in the novel. The typescript was rejected by all the publishers it was shown to and only after Edwards' death was it taken up by Hamish Hamilton who arranged for John Fowles to write an introduction. It was widely and very favorably reviewed among others by William Golding and Guy Davenport. Harold Bloom included it in his Western Canon. Penguin produced a paperback and it was published in Ame ...more

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The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

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“If you talk to people nowadays, nothing exists unless it has been seen on TV. It gives people the idea they have seen and know everything, when really they have seen and know nothing.”
G. B. Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

“I don’t know what young fellows want to go in for those sort of things for?” I said. “Wars are a waste of time; and advertising is all lies.” “I am afraid, my dear Mister Le Page,” he said, looking very sorry for me, “you are an anachronism.”
G.B. Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

“In the twinkling of an eye a veil is lifted; and you see with other eyes and hear with other ears and are given another understanding.”
G.B. Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

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