Radcliffe, the third published novel by David Storey, is longer and more ambitious than its two predecessors, This Sporting Life (1960) and Flight into Camden (1960). Where these earlier novels were largely realistic, Radcliffe incorporates realism within a high Gothic mode and its style is intense and dramatic, sometimes melodramatic. The novel focuses on the tortured physical and emotional passion between the fragile Leonard Radcliffe and the muscular Victor Tolson and builds to a corpse-strewn climax.
Storey’s earlier novels, This Sporting Life and Flight into Camden, had central characters who were also first-person narrators, but Radcliffe has a third-…
Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "Radcliffe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2489, accessed 26 September 2023.]