Another criminally out of print author. Having delighted in the exhibition of his portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. I started hunting down his fiction and other writings. Championed by Ezra Pound, his abrasive (and politically dubious, to say the least) modernism is thrilling and singular. Hectic and hilarious prose, surreal imagery and a breathtaking use of language, you can't help but wonder if Beckett was a fan.
But I was flabbergasted to discover that almost all of his works are out of print. Some had been Penguin Modern Classics and others were made available by the heroic Black Sparrow Press but now only The Childermass, the first volume of his Human Age trilogy published by the legendary Calder Books, is still in print. I dropped a line to One World Classics, who bought the Calder list, and they are working on bringing back into print the Human Age, Tarr and one of his memoirs Blasting and Bombadiering. Good news!
(Before posting this I have, of course, ruthlessly pruned online second hand booksellers of the cheapest copies of his backlist - sorry!)