MAGIC PENNY by Babette Hughes


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Without the disarming attractions of last season's Last Night When We Were Young, but with considerable physical sophistication and verbal smartness, this tells of Dick Chapman's self-bound struggle against himself. Living with fear of failure, Dick writes a first, great play -- is afraid to write another and fall short. Drifting from New York to Hollywood and back again, he has an affair with Jane who attracts him but doesn't answer all his needs, breaks with her, enjoys the appealing childlike idolatry of Betsy- 21 to his 43- but has the decency to return her to a boy her own age, and finally, marrying Jane, keeps her in the status of mistress rather than wife. Only when Jane leaves him and he experiences the failure he fears, is he free to write again and return to Jane....Lightly serious entertainment, which has its amusing dialogue and more provocative moments. Rental libraries- yes- but public libraries, caution!

Publisher: Rinehart