A deafening- and deadening- conversation piece features a small circle of titled and talented characters who enjoy the...

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THE DOVE WITH THE BOUGH OF OLIVES

A deafening- and deadening- conversation piece features a small circle of titled and talented characters who enjoy the patronage of Lady Katherine Diss, American born Katie O'Higgins, who has now grown old ""in the diplomacy of unsatisfied love"". Worldly, imperious, vain, Lady Diss still seems to exert a certain influence on those around her:- Monsignor Royford, Rob Roy to his familiars; Lancelot Lawrence, a poet who has celebrated her in verse through the years; Francis Jerringham, also a poet, whose book now signed by a publisher promises to be a classic; Danny, Lady Diss' badly mother- smothered son. The story here moves through its spate of trivia and conceits and endearments to the dinner party, given by Lady Katherine, during which her husband returns to shame her and her son also turns against her and then attempts to take his life. All this seems to have a chastening effect on Lady Diss-but it is the reader who will more probably have been completely subdued.

Pub Date: May 3, 1954

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1954