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The Resource The Swimming-Pool Library

The Swimming-Pool Library

Label
The Swimming-Pool Library
Title
The Swimming-Pool Library
Statement of responsibility
Alan Hollinghurst
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The dazzling first novel from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Line of Beauty and The Sparsholt Affair. An enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. The Swimming-Pool Library focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and Lord Nantwich, an elderly man searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions
Summary
Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself. The man is Lord Nantwich, a gay peer of the realm and in the market for a biographer. Reluctantly accepting the commission, Will receives the first of Nantwich's diaries. But in the story he unravels, a tragedy of early 20th century gay repression, lurk bitter truths about Will's own privileged existence.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Debut Fiction, 1989.
  • Stonewall Book Award for the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, 1989.
  • Somerset Maugham Award, 1989.
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034740
Cataloging source
HCO
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Hollinghurst, Alan
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Swimming-Pool Library
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:cf9b6bb4-20d8-4bc5-9d49-d97c456d0f00
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307806604
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Swimming-Pool Library
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:cf9b6bb4-20d8-4bc5-9d49-d97c456d0f00
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780307806604
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
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