DEAR EMILY by Constantine Fitzgibbons


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A portrait of an overbearing to overwhelming woman, Emily, which is shot from all sides- and ends up as a frontal assault when she is seen through the eyes of her husbands, children and occasional friends. There is Georges, a Frenchman, who had escaped from an aggressive affair with her prior to her marriage to John Leyland, whose considerable wealth cushioned her career on the continent as a hostess and patroness. There is Laurence Piggott, a man of genius, whom she salvages but cannot save after the first world war- Piggott who escapes her through drink, but whose last book- a cruel and contemptuous likeness of Emily- she destroys. There's the daughter she neglects, and the son she overprotects- all these provide a commentary and a condemnation.... A cold woman, on ice, for feminine observation rather than amusement.

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 1952
Publisher: Simon & Schuster