THE ROCK CRIED OUT by Edward Stanley
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Strong story values here, historical in origin, romantic in accentuation, this tells the not too well known story of Harmon and Margaret Blennerhasset which ended in the failure of Aaron Burr's ""Western conspiracy"". With Margaret's runaway marriage -- at 19- to Harmon, her uncle, both meet with a parental and social censure which drives them to America where, on an island in the Ohio River near Marietta, they build an estate famed for its beauty and cosmopolitan refinements. There Margaret gives birth to three children, but with Harmon's increasing isolation in his study, her restless drive is not fully satisfied. With her chance meeting with Aaron Burr and their mutual attraction, she is quickly lured by his wild dream of conquest, and finds Harmon a willing accessory. The failure of that scheme which ends in the destruction of their home, the arrest of Harmon and Burr, leaves them to face an uncertain future... The drama of this incident, the glamor of the period and personalities (our Maggie is a fine figure of a woman) makes this a good commercial candidate in a popular field of biographical history.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1949
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce