Rayner Heppenstall “buzz”
August 22, 2011 § 3 Comments
Haven’t posted here for a while, which is bad, but there will be a big one coming soon. For the while, I accidentally stumbled upon an article by the ever-readable and ever-eclectic Juliet Jacques at the excellent 3am Magazine about Rayner Heppenstall, which now must officially count as “buzz”, no? Here’s the link. Not only is the article a really engaging introduction to Heppenstall, it also has some truly awesome scans of some Heppenstall book covers, and I’d love to know where they came from. Check it out.
In response, here’s my own scans from the front and back covers of my copy of Heppenstall’s 1961 critical book The Fourfold Tradition: Notes on the French and English Literatures, with some Ethnological and Historical Asides. Though not as good as the ones accompanying Juliet’s article, I guess the front’s notable for the nice orange colour and the fact that it suitably reflects the Heppenstallian pompousness of the title, by attempting to look very serious. The back, meanwhile, is excellent for the slightly creepy “intellectual portrait” of the man himself. You can just imagine him attempting (heavily, and repeatedly) to seduce Muriel Spark (he did: check out Martin Stannard’s biography of Spark) in front of that bookcase.