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A remarkable story of a blind man and a girl shipwrecked on a desert coast. A book of unusual power and startling climax.
"Has unique interest for a story of adventure, since the conflict about which the story centers is that between divergent philosophies of life. The characters are a blind artist, a woman of fashion, and a Spanish recluse. This first novel promises a writer of intellectual distinction." -The Dial
"On the editorial page of last week's All-Story Weekly we announced a new serial by a new author. 'Claire' is a story of such subtle insight, of so compassionate an understanding of human nature, and of so honest an attack on the eternal problem of love and living, that it can well afford to take its chances on its own merits. But Lawrence Gordon, the blind hero of the triangle tragedy, which runs its inevitable course in the mountain cabin of Philip Ortez, takes on a new interest, when we learn that his creator is himself a blind man.
"Born of mining people in Colorado, Blades lost two fingers and the sight of both eyes when as a lad of nine years he refused to take the dare of some playmates and set off a giant firecracker. While still a youth he entered the Colorado State School for the Blind. Here he spent six years. In the crash at Creede, when the bottom fell out of so many mining fortunes, the Blades family lost their all. Then young Blades took up the burden of his own keep. For two successful years he maintained himself at the University of Colorado by teaching music. When the family moved to Oregon, the indomitable Leslie followed. At Eugene he entered the State University and continued to support himself by music and lectures. After receiving his degrees of B.A. and M.A. he was a substitute teacher in the English Department.
"For some time he has made his home at San Dimas, where his regular contributions on a variety of themes to the magazine section of The Express have brought him something more than local prestige. He is deeply interested in the drama, and has several plays to his credit. 'When He Came Home,' a play of his dealing with the return of a blind soldier from the war, has become a favorite with one of the California circuits.
"'Claire' is his first novel, and though he is still on the sunny side of thirty, this arresting story is a promising portent of what we may expect from the powerful pen of this blind man with an artist's vision." -The Editor.
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