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PRETTY GOOD FOR A WOMAN. The Enigmas of Evelyn Scott.

Callard, D.A.:

ISBN 10: 0224020390 / ISBN 13: 9780224020398
Published by Jonathan Cape, 1985
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London, Jonathan Cape, (1985). Cloth, inscription on fly else fine in d/w, illust., pp. xiv, 202. ISBN 0-224-02039-0. A radical and experimental writer who championed the work of Faulkner, Joyce and Rhys. Important work. Bookseller Inventory # 13948

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Title: PRETTY GOOD FOR A WOMAN. The Enigmas of ...

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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A portrait of a literary enigma and her generation focuses on her radicalism which extended to almost every strand of American intellectual life in the interwar years

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Written in the South of France, Portugal and Algeria, The Wave (1929), by Evelyn Scott, was partly responsible for popular books on the Civil War from Gone with the Wind to the novels of John Jakes. Its author (18931963), born Elsie Dunn in Tennessee, was a friend of Kay Boyle, Emma Goldman and Jean Rhys, and lover of Waldo Frank, William Carlos Williams and Thomas Merton's father. An unstable radical Bohemian who, at the age of 20, caused a scandal in New Orleans by eloping with a man 24 years her senior and going to live with him on an isolated farm in Brazil, Scott wrote novels and poems that reflected her intense unhappiness and paranoia. She also brought James Joyce and William Faulkner to the attention of American readers. Although this short, serious attempt to explain her contradictions and failures as a daughter, wife, mother, and author is depressing and ultimately unsatisfactory, it may help spark an interest in this forgotten experimental writer. Callard is a rare-book dealer in Britain. Photos. January 27
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