Feature • Francis Spufford
MIDSUMMER NIGHT, 1962
THE STORY OF AN IDEA
This is not a novel. It has too much to explain to be one of those. But it is not a history either, for it does its explaining in the form of a story; only the story is the story of an idea, first of all, and only afterwards, [...]
Francis Spufford is a British journalist and critic. Red Plenty, from which the piece in this issue is excerpted, was recently published in the UK by Faber & Faber. He is also the author of The Child that Books Built (Picador), a memoir of his childhood as a compulsive reader.
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