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The Fountain

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Title:The Fountain
Morgan, Charles Langbridge   
(3 of 4 for author by title)
My Name is Legion
First Love
Published:   1932
Publisher:Alfred A. Knopf
Tags:fiction, war, World War I, Hawthornden Prize

Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden where he finds his childhood sweetheart Julie, now married to German officer Rupert Von Narwitz.

1932 winner of the Hawthornden Literary prize. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:354 Info

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Charles Langbridge Morgan (22 January 1894 – 6 February 1958) was a British playwright, essayist, poet, and novelist of English and Welsh parentage. He attended private school, which he hated, but found pleasure in books and decided to become a writer. He determined that he must have employment that would enable him to see the world and give him leisure time to write.

At the age of twelve, he enters the Royal Naval College and four years later, goes to sea. After three years at sea in the Atlantic and in China/Japan as a midshipman, he realized that the naval profession was not compatible with the writing profession. In 1913, he resigned and came home overland via Russia, to study for entrance exams for Oxford.

The war intervened. He volunteered and was commissioned in the Royal Navy serving in the defense of Antwerp. He became a prisoner on parole in Holland and for two years shared a cottage with other officers. Here Morgan began writing verse and prose for English papers and to write his first book The Gunroom. Obtaining leave on parole in 1917, his manuscript is lost at sea when his ship is mined and sunk. He rewrote a third version because “he had determined that what he had to say about the Navy ought to be said.” When published in 1919, it attracted a lot of attention; was fiercely debated; and then, suddenly disappeared from bookstores with no public ban or explanation.

Morgan later went on to receive his degree from Oxford and became the drama critic for “The Times” and a contributing writer to “The N.Y. Times.” After his best-selling The Fountain won the Hawthornden Prize in 1932, he wrote Sparkenbroke which unites his three preoccupations: Art, Love and Death. His greatest successes were with the American and French reading public.

Source: charlesmorgan.org

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