Arthur Morrison, by Stan Newens
Published by Alderton Press in 2008, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N5197P1)
From the rear side cover: Arthur Morrison is sometimes styled the English Zola. He was a journalist and general-purpose writer who developed a genre quite unlike that of his contemporaries in Britain. His setting consisted of the dingy and poverty-ridden streets of inner East London in the late nineteenth century, to which the contrast applied was the sylvan retreat of the Essex Forest, not a dozen miles away. The descriptions of the Forest Morrison offers are as beautiful and elegiac as anything in literature, and serve to offset and throw into focus the profound physical and mental destitution of east London.
In this fine study, Stan Newens sets out a great deal of hitherto unknown information about Arthur Morrison, including the degree to which Morrison could go to disguise his origins in Poplar.
Like Thomas Hardy, Morrison gave up writing novels, then devoting himself to the collection and study of oriental art, on which he became an acknowledged international authority.
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.