MADEMOISELLE LAVALLIERE by Edward F. Murphy

MADEMOISELLE LAVALLIERE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A reverent, detailed Mary Magdalene story of a French actress, the toast of Paris, at the turn of the century, and her long, heart-rending struggle to expiate her sins. Beginning with her wretched childhood in Toulon, the violent deaths of her parents, and her interrupted life with relatives and in convents, the story follows her path to stage fame. Giving her illegitimate daughter everything she had not had, she was unable to keep the child from becoming a pagan and a lesbian when she grew up. Leaving her stage career, the actress tried to save her daughter by returning to the Church and devoting her life to sacrifice and good works. The latter part of the novel is devoted to her spiritual life and her attempt to take the veil. Deeply versed in Catholicism and based on the life of an actual person, this is essentially for a Catholic market.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1948
Publisher: Doubleday