Gabriel Fielding circa 1959. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In those periodic literary revisions that retrieve “forgotten” novelists, some very deserving writers have been re-established. We owe the present popularity of Barbara Pym to such a rediscovery, and we can thank presses like Dial for reissuing the works of other neglected writers who are not historical curiosities but admirable novelists in their own right. With all this revisionist activity, then, it is surprising that no attention has been paid to Gabriel Fielding.

“Gabriel Fielding” is the pseudonym of Alan Gabriel Barnsley, who was born in...

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