THE FIREDRAKE by Elgin Groseclose


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A very disappointing book, from the author of Ararat and The Persian Journey, for what those books lacked in unity of plot, they more than made up in beauty of texture and handling. The Firedrake, on the other hand, seems almost amateurish in style, and the only explanation is that the story might be conceived as written in a style conforming to the period and characters around which it is built. It purports to be a true story of a novelist of the mid-19th century, the wife of a missionary to Persia, who, after thirteen years of self-sacrifice, returns to Boston, to give her children a chance at education -- and discovers in herself a gift of language and plot which rapidly brings success. This is the story of her extraordinary career, and -- for this reader at least -- it lacked vitality, authenticity and interest.

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 1941
Publisher: Lippincott