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Concluding (1948) [Novel]
by Henry Green Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Considered by Henry Green to be one of his best novels, Concluding tells the story of the strange events events that occur in a single day at a State-run school for girls. Retired scientist Mr. Rock, "an old man in love with his goose," lives in a cottage with his adult granddaughter Elizabeth. Bordering the grounds of the school, the cottage—which the State has given Rock for the duration of his life in gratitude for his scientific contributions—is coveted by the school's two spinsterish governesses, Misses Edge and Baker.

As the story opens, two students are missing. The resultant search for their whereabouts raises numerous fears and questions: have they been harmed? have they left on their own, alone? or have they perhaps been persuaded by the school's only male instructor, Sebastian Birt? how will the governesses keep the news from parents and State authorities until the girls have been found and an acceptable story contrived? will Rock report them for negligence? Meanwhile, as rumors and versions of the girls' disappearance spread through the school, and the governesses attempt to conceal their alarm by preparing for the school's tenth annual Founders Day Ball, the seemingly innocent proceedings take on an air of mystery, intrigue, and impending doom.

Original title: Concluding
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Concluding

Concluding (1948)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "He interprets better than any other contemporary writer the relationship of the individual to the chaos of our time." Robert Kee, Spectator
  • "Green's books remain solid and glittering as gems." Anthony Burgess
  • "Within the compass of a summer's day, a day in the life of a girls' school, in the life of an old man . . . we are made aware of man's predicament in a world of transcendent sadness and beauty." Horizon
  • "Concluding is a novel of imagination and compassion, profoundly sexual, shot through and through with random beauties . . . The terrain is a borderland of aberration in which the chief characters twist and turn in almost trance-like maneuvering." James Hilton, New York Herald Tribune
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Concluding (October 2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Champaign, Illinois
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 9781564782533
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 in
Pages: 213

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Concluding (December 1985)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226306117
Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.9 x 0.6 in
Pages: 261
Notes: Foreword by Eudora Welty

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