Henry Green isn't exactly a household name. Green knew Anthony Powell from his days at Eton and was familiar with Evelyn Waugh from Oxford, but Waugh was then, and remains till this day, a much better known writer than Green.


Green was a very different sort of writer from the more intellectually curious and politically engaged poets like W.H. Auden and Louis MacNiece. His writings and concerns - we could say were almost classically British. He wrote about England, the industrial and leisured classes, the cinema. But his 'below-the-stairs' dramas lacked the sharp edge of Waugh's satires though they shared their Tory convictions. But one thing makes Green an anomoly, an innovator, even a modernist - and that was his method. The subject of this essay is why Green pursued this distinctive 'style' of his, and what part it played in his broader understanding of the novel form.