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From the son of British authors Rebecca West and H. G. Wells comes an autobiographical novel about the trials of growing up as the illegitimate son of an actress and an author, from life in boarding school to living with one parent at a time.

Turn of the century England was hardly approving of the hedonistic lives of a famous, beautiful actress and a prominent, gifted writer, but it was far less approving of the fruit of their union: an illegitimate son.

Anthony West, the son of an unmarried, British couple, fictionalizes his life as a young boy being shuffled between England and France, constantly dazzled by the brilliance and glamour of his neglectful parents.

Heritage shares the story of an unhappy child that grew up to be a very happy man.

“Intelligent, witty, and tolerant toward the childishness of the great.” —Time

About The Author

Anthony West (1914–1987) was an author and essayist who contributed to The New Yorker for over twenty years. He authored numerous titles, including Heritage and H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781451605983

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