(1895-1972) UK writer, mostly known for nonfantastic works like The Go-Between (1953). Throughout the Eustace and Hilda trilogy – The Shrimp and the Anemone (1944; vt The West Window 1945 US), The Sixth Heaven (1946) and Eustace and Hilda (1947) – hints of supernatural events almost penetrate into Reality, but always only along the border. Much of his short work is Supernatural Fiction, with Ghost Stories appearing in collections from the first, Night Fears and Other Stories (coll 1924), to the last, Miss Carteret Receives and Other Stories (coll 1971). A US collection, The Travelling Grave and Other Stories (coll 1948; vt Night Fears and Other Supernatural Tales 1994 UK), is devoted exclusively to supernatural fiction; most of his work of interest also appears in The Complete Short Stories of L.P. Hartley (coll 1973 2 vols). [JC]
other works: The Killing Bottle (coll 1932); The White Wand and Other Stories (coll 1954); Facial Justice (1960); Two for the River (coll 1961).
Leslie Poles Hartley