MELODY IN DARKNESS by Geneva Stephenson


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A tale of the life of highways and highways of 18th century England, as blind will Jory, sidetracked from the musical world he had chosen by the accident of Falkirk, joins the mystery maiden,, Margaret Fletcher, in a mad flight before sinister forces on to the London of her vicious father's underworld. It is a story that recalls some of the more minister aspects of a later period (the trading in children depicted in And So, Victoria, for instance). A crowded canvas -- characters, incident, the hurly burly of fairs, markets, coaches, inns, gypsy encampments the outer fringe of the theater, thieves and beggars and wastrels, political dissemblers, officers of the law, dealers in illicit traffic of human beings, the flotsam and jetsam of a world just emerging from the dark ages. The story itself is a slight one, as Meggie, Will Jory, and the gifted young singer, half-gypsy, who is their guide, trace an adventurous course. Belongs to the Farnol tradition, stripped of rosy spectacles.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1943
Publisher: Macmillan