Pack My Bag

Pack My Bag

A Self-portrait

Book - 1993
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
A memoir of the first twenty-four years of the English novelist's life, from his birth in 1905 to 1929

Blackwell North Amer
In 1938 Henry Green, then thirty-three, dreaded the coming war and decided to "put down what comes to mind before one is killed." Published in England in 1940, Pack My Bag has heretofore not appeared in the U.S. When he wrote it, Green had already published three of his nine novels and his style - "a gathering web of insinuations" - was fully developed.
Pack My Bag is a marvelously quirky, clear-eyed memoir; a mother who shot at mangle wurzels on the lawn; the stately home packed with wounded soldiers of World War I; the miseries of Eton, oddities of Oxford, and work in the family factory - the making of a brilliantly original novelist. "We have inherited the greatest orchestra, the English language, to conduct," Green once wrote. "The means are there; things are going on in life all the time around us." His use of language and his account of things that went on in his life inform this delightful and idiosyncratic autobiography.

Publisher: New York : New Directions, 1993
ISBN: 9780811212342
Branch Call Number: 823x GREEN GREEN
Characteristics: xiii, 242 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: Originally published: London : Hogarth Press, 1940. With new introduction


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at GL

To Top