Hemlock and After
Hemlock and After is a 1952 novel by British writer Angus Wilson; it was his first published novel after a series of short stories. The novel offers a candid portrayal of gay life in post-World War II England.
Bernard Sands, a prominent writer who has been given financial aid to start a writer's colony at Vardon Hall, faces a failing marriage, attempts to come to grips with his homosexuality and lives next door to a procuress for pedophiles.
Characters in Hemlock and After
- Bernard Sands, the protagonist; a homosexual.
- Ella, Bernard's wife.
- Elizabeth, the Sands's daughter.
- James, the Sands's son.
- Charles, a friend of Bernard's; a senior civil servant.
- Mrs Curry, the Sands's neighbour; a procuress for pedophiles.
- Hubert Rose, an architect and a pedophile.
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References to other works
The novel was written in only four weeks.
- Michael Millgate, "Angus Wilson, The Art of Fiction No. 20", The Paris Review, Autumn-Winter 1957, No. 17.
- Review from Time Magazine, 29 September 1952.
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