Mr. Fortune's Maggot

by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Mr. Fortune

Paperback, 225 pages, NYRB Classics, List Price: $14.95 | purchase


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This book includes the original novel featuring the troubled English missionary Mr. Fortune — Mr. Fortune's Maggot — as well as the follow-up novella, The Salutation. Both take readers deep into the heart of a man in search of his own soul.


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