Maurice Baring pushes the limits of narrative fiction in this classic novella. The first part of the tale follows the recovery of a sight-impaired gentleman named Anthony Key, who has retreated to a convalescent resort on his doctor's orders. There, he encounters a number of interesting characters, including a frustrated novelist and a beguiling young woman. In the second half of the story, the novelist creates a fictionalized version of the hotel's...
Told via a series of diary entries and letters, the short novel Passing By paints a compelling portrait of the family ties binding together a young diplomat just getting started in his career, Guy Cunninghame, and his cousin, Lord Ayton, a rising politician who is the protagonist of the tale.
British literary jack-of-all-trades Maurice Baring first rose to prominence as a writer of travelogues, which he later parlayed into a career as an intrepid war correspondent. When he shifted his focus to fiction, his prose retained the local color and rich detail that characterized his earlier nonfiction work. The tales collected in Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches represent a broad cross-section of Baring's oeuvre.