In the Guardian today there’s an article about overlooked novels, you can have a look at it here.
I must admit that I’ve read only one of them and that is The Young Visiters, I have an ancient copy of it somewhere. I’d be interested to know if anyone has read any of the others.
Eleswhere in the Guardian I read that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories are being de-sanitized. Apparently they were cleaned up by editors who removed references to drug-taking, sexual innuendo, anti-semitism and such. You can read about it here.
Of course, times change and I’ve been surprised that a couple of the books which I have read recently had male characters who addressed their fiancees as my dear child.
I don’t know about you, but I would have taken exception to being spoken to like that and depending on my mood (I’m a Gemini so you never know which one you’re going to get) – I would either have reached for my rolling pin or headed for the hills, never to be seen again by the creep!
I wonder if my dear child-ing a grown woman was ever in common usage, or is it just a strange coincidence that I’ve come across it in two books – on the trot, so to speak.