THE BIZARRE SISTERS by Jay A Audrey Wals
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THE BIZARRE SISTERS

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Authentically derived from letters and records of the Bizarre branch of the Randolphs of Virginia, this revives and retraces fictionally an inbred family scandal of highly romantic, dramatic propensities. This is the story of the two sisters of the Bizarre plantation, Judith, plain, prideful and severe who was to marry Richard Randolph, and Ann Cary, her younger sister, who loved him and in time was loved in return. With the secret, stillborn birth of Ann Cary's child- by Richard- which he buries, the story gains momentum and Richard is accused of murder, finally is cleared in a brilliant defense by Patrick Henry. As time passes, and Richard decides to divorce Judith for Ann Cary, Judith takes her own revenge- murders Richard- infers the blame is Ann's. Humiliated and debased through the years by Judith, Ann Cary finally gets her chance when she is wed by Gouverneur Morris, now an old man, and although once again Judith tries to ruin Ann, it is Ann who redirects the suspicion to its true source. A little known interpretation of a famous family, these slightly sullied annals also include the portrait of John Randolph in his later years, twisted by insanity, his legacy to his nephew- Judith's oldest who is also mad, and the whole provides a postrevolutionary portrait of the driving powers of pride and vengeance. A popular audience should be easily attracted.

Pub Date: April 19th, 1950
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce