NERO by Mary Teresa Ronalds


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Quite a caper, to nudge Nero upwards from rosy babyhood to matricide and ghastly deeds in general, but Miss Ronalds rattles through at high speed in a first person narrative that is silly but certainly not dull. It is her intention to reveal the corroding and corrupting effects on innocent Nero of imperial maneuvers and murders, loneliness in all high places, and above all, Mother. Mother Agrippina, beautiful, powerful, and no slouch with the poisoned chalice, paved the way for Nero's ascent through which she expected to achieve ultimate domination. Mother's perfidy, her power plays, and finally her invitation to incestuous sheets cause Nero to protect himself by her death, and the rest is down the seven hills all the way. Fiddle-faddle.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1969
Publisher: Doubleday