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A severed head.

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This edition was published in by Penguin Books in association with Chatto & Windus in New York.

Written in English

204 pages

Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

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1988, Chatto & Windus
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1978, Chatto & Windus
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A Severed Head
1976, Penguin
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Severed head.
1972
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1969, Penguin Books in association with Chatto & Windus
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1966, Avon Books
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A severed head: a novel.
1964, Viking Press
in English
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1964, Chatto & Windus
in English
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A severed head: a play in 3 acts
1964, Chatto & Windus
in English
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A severed head: [a play]
1964, S. French
in English
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A severed head
1964, S. French
in English
Cover of: A severed head
A severed head: a play in three acts
1964, Chatto & Windus
in English
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A Severed Head
August 26, 1963, Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback
Cover of: A severed head.
A severed head.
1961, Penguin Books in association with Chatto & Windus
in English
Cover of: A severed head
A severed head
1961, Chatto & Windus
Cover of: A severed head
A severed head: a novel
1961, Chatto & Windus
in English
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A Severed Head
April 17, 1961, Viking Adult
Hardcover - 1st edition
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A severed head: a novel.
1961, Viking Press
in English
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A Severed Head
January 1, 1961, Vintage/Ebury (A Division of Random House Group)
Hardcover
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A severed head: a novel.
1961, Viking Press
in English
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A severed head: a novel.
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The Severed Head (Acting Edition)
Publish date unknown, Samuel French Ltd
Paperback
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A Severed head.
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A Severed Head

First published in 1961



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Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

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'You're sure she doesn't know,' said Georgie.
added by lalala.) "first sentence"
Violence, except on the screen, is always pathetic, ludicrous, and beastly.
Page 145, added by lalala.) "Stood out to me"
I am a severed head such as primitive tribes and old alchemists used to use, anointing it with oil and putting a morsel of gold upon its tongue to make it utter prophecies. And who knows but that long acquaintance with a severed head might not lead to strange knowledge.
Page 182, added by lalala.) "First mention of severed head as in the title"

A severed head.

This edition was published in by Penguin Books in association with Chatto & Windus in New York.


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Open Library
OL20071367M
Internet Archive
isbn_9780140020038
ISBN 10
0140020039
Library Thing
5200
Goodreads
11253

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