By John Cowper Powys
Rodmoor is, strangely for a John Cowper Powys novel, set in East Anglia, Rodmoor itself being a coastal village. The protagonist, Adrian Sorio, is a mostly Powys-like hero, highly-strung with in simple terms precarious psychological balance. he's in love with ladies - Nance Herrick and the extra unconventional Phillipa Renshaw. This was once Powys moment novel, released in 1916. It deploys a wealthy and noteworthy solid of characters.
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