The agonies of an artist, as he attempts to adjust to the world, and women, in fond, fulsome detail, recorded in a first novel by a psychoanalyst, who takes advantage of every opportunity for emotional exploration. David, a young teacher and a poet, gets a first rebuttal by the practical world when a male student's infatuation loses him his post. He goes to Alaska, with Elaine, who destroys his creativity, and when they return to New York, he has an affair with Adele, who understands his writing. He divorces Elaine and is next attracted by Ruth, who frightens him off by demanding the conventionality of marriage. Finally, he meets Helena, and with marriage to her and a child coming, David seems happily settled....The travail of the artistic temperament in the outside world, expressed in overripe, almost orgiastic prose style which stops at nothing and includes such happy outbursts as ""let us keep our own shiningness inside"" or- if you like- ""her livingness called out to him"". -- The market- it seems to us- is barely discernible.