The Melodramatists: A Novel

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When two daughters are left to their own devices, they soon wreak havoc on their father's wealthy Boston household.  While Susan carries on an affair with her psychiatrist and is blackmailed by the butler, Claire turns the third floor into a rehabilitation center for prostitutes.  And that's just the start of the dizzying round of events that make up this wickedly funny satire on contemporary American life.

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Howard Nemerov wrote more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, and criticism.  The dozens of awards he received include the National Book Award (1978), the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1978), the Bollingen Prize for Poetry (1981), and the National Medal for the Arts in Poetry (1987).  He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1988 to 1990 and was the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

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When the ``cotter pin or bit of wire'' that holds together Nicholas Boyne snaps, the wealthy Boston patriarch fancies himself ``the Pole Star of the North.'' When Boyne is removed to the funny farm, his daughters Claire and Susan are left behind to respectively begin processes of ``baptism and . . . damnation.'' Claire undergoes a mystical awakening; Susan engages her psychiatrist in an affair that degenerates into alcoholism and debauchery. Originally published in 1949, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Nemerov's (1920-1991) first novel traces the sisters' paths as they diverge and converge in Claire's scheme to turn the Boyne mansion into a center ``for the rehabilitation of . . . whores,'' though it rapidly becomes more like ``a training center.'' Nemerov clearly set out to satirize what ensues when seemingly serious people (Claire) engage in ridiculously pious pursuits and trivial people (Susan) confront truths. Yet he fails to make this scheme or its players matter, largely because of his style, which is almost slavishly derivative of James. With unbearable affectation, Nemerov ( The Homecoming Game ) and his characters yammer incessantly at the reader, and the effect is simply numbing.

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