By John Fowles
In his prologue, John Fowles tells us that "A Maggot" all started as a imaginative and prescient he had of 5 visitors using with mysterious function via distant nation-state. This picture supplies option to one other - a dangling corpse with violets crammed in its mouth - which leads us right into a maze of beguiling paths and fallacious turnings, disappearances and revelations, unaccountable causes and cryptic deeds, as this compelling secret swerves in the direction of a starling imaginative and prescient at its centre.
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And George G. Harrap & Company Ltd. Brief excerpts from The Later Ego by James Agate, edited by Jacques Barzun. Copyright 1951 by Crown Publishers Inc. J. B. Lippincott Company and George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd. Brief excerpts from Edward VIII by Frances Donaldson. Copyright © 1974, 1975 by Frances Donaldson. Little, Brown and Company in association with The Atlantic Monthly Press and George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Poem entitled ‘To Edith’ reprinted from The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872–1914.
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