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An Autumn Sowing

An Autumn Sowing

(1917)
A novel by

 
This volume was published in1919 and is one of Mr. Benson's least known books; but it is a delightful treasure.

BOOK REVIEW DIGEST - 1918 -
Mr. Keeling, a virile and prosperous business man of fifty, of strong Puritan principles, and well-respected in his community, begins at the height of his success and prosperity, to feel a sense of dissatisfaction. He has an expensive home, ugly tho grandly furnished, three grownup children, none of them distinguished by any unusual quality, and a sluggish wife, who is a garrulous disconnected talker, and inclined to be snobbish. In these he finds no companionship, nothing to appease a vague hunger that has arisen in him. He has, however, his "secret garden," which is his silent name for his library, crowded with beautiful, expensive books. Here he spends his leisure happily. But even here he is lonely. Just as he grows conscious of his vague hunger, he secures a highly efficient young woman as secretary. She too is fond of books, and, very gradually, begins unknowingly to mean to him the companionship he needs so badly. She, on her part, at first dislikes him with an intense contempt for his caddish qualities. This feeling changes into admiration, then into a pure and glowing love, rushing headlong into a passionate alliance, they brush aside the possibility of "what might have been.." The girl goes away to London, he plunges deeply into work, each keeping of the other an unsullied memory. Despite the looseness of its structure, its discursiveness and its sketchy interpretation of even its most important characters, "An Autumn Sowing" is by far the best of Mr Benson's recent social studies. It is doubtful if he has written anything to equal it since "Sheaves." In fact, he may be congratulated upon approaching somewhat near to the best that is in him as a writer of novels and as an interpreter of character." E.F.E.
Boston Transcript

"On the whole, it is an impression of deftness, of skilled craftsmanship, which is the dominating one given by this agreeable novel - a quiet, sometimes appealing, sometimes humorous story, smoothly written, very well-bred, never particularly moving, perhaps, but always interesting."
- N Y Times

"Mr. Benson's new novel is a proof of his industry and versatility without revealing the qualities which have won him his most resounding popularity. It is rather the effort of a capable craftsman to deal with types with which he is only in imperfect sympathy."

"An Autumn Sowing'' is one of Mr Benson's characteristically clever, entertaining novels, quiet in action and atmosphere, but with frequent flashes of dry humor and satire that add zest to the reader's pleasure."
-- Springfield Republican

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: An Autumn Sowing (1919)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-36362-X / 978-1-164-36362-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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February 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-103-28276-X / 978-1-103-28276-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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October 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 0-559-34335-3 / 978-0-559-34335-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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June 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: An Autumn Sowing (1919)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4365-3052-0 / 978-1-4365-3052-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-331-60194-0 / 978-1-331-60194-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-230-33992-2 / 978-1-230-33992-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: TheClassics.us
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May 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4733-0632-9 / 978-1-4733-0632-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Potter Press
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing...
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-278-52972-1 / 978-1-278-52972-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing (1919)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-03333-6 / 978-1-164-03333-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: An autumn sowing
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-176-18771-6 / 978-1-176-18771-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-103-28273-5 / 978-1-103-28273-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-103-28267-0 / 978-1-103-28267-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-103-28269-7 / 978-1-103-28269-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 0-559-34332-9 / 978-0-559-34332-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 0-559-34333-7 / 978-0-559-34333-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 0-559-34334-5 / 978-0-559-34334-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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November 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing (1919)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 0-548-69521-0 / 978-0-548-69521-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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October 1987 : UK Paperback
Title: An Autumn Sowing
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 0-7012-0762-0 / 978-0-7012-0762-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Hogarth Press Ltd
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