Francis Wyndham waited nearly thirty years to publish his first book of stories
The Complete Fiction (New York Review Books Classics)
by Francis Wyndham
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If artists can be divvied up into prodigies and late bloomers, the British writer Francis Wyndham has been both. His melancholy publishing history suggests this split career has been more a curse than a blessing. He composed his first stories between the ages of seventeen and twenty, during World War II, “while I was hanging about waiting to be called up and while I was convalescing after I had been invalided out of the army,” he once wrote. A collection was rejected by publishers—paper was in short supply, so it was difficult to get published, he told a recent interviewer. Still, his confidence was hobbled; he stopped writing fiction and began a long career as a literary critic, journalist, and editor.
Wyndham was an early friend and promoter of V. S. Naipaul and a confidante of Jean Rhys, as well as the editor
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