ONE SMALL CANDLE by Cecil Roberts

ONE SMALL CANDLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Continental, cosmopolitan, and with a high romantic aura, this is keyed to the Roberts' market, -- good rentals, some sales. In two parts, this story of Charles , an attractive young Englishman who hits a tenstrike with his first play and goes to America, and to visit his aunt in Florida. She is a monstrous old bully, with her three spinster daughters and a neurotic son as living sacrifices. Only Laura, child of the one daughter who had defied her, escaped her tyranny, and Charles falls in love with her. Too late he finds he has a rival -- and leaves to lead a dissolute life in Europe, with a romantic episode with a Polish ballerina ended by a melodramatic finish. At the close, he and Laura meet again -- her husband, knowing death is close, recognizes their love for each other and ends his own life for their sakes. Not up to Roberts' best -- somewhat plush -- but will find a substantial market.

Pub Date: July 28th, 1942
Publisher: Macmillan