William Palmer

Guernsey’s Finest

Genius Friend: G B Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

By Edward Chaney

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Emily Brontë, Margaret Mitchell and J D Salinger are writers who, for whatever reasons, had just one novel published in their lifetimes. They must have drawn at least some satisfaction from these single successes, but consider those unfortunates whose work was issued only after their deaths: John Kennedy Toole’s suicide followed many rejections of his A Confederacy of Dunces and G B Edwards, the subject of this new biography, died of old age before the publication of his novel, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.

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