FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS by May Sarton

FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A new novel deals with an intellectual abstraction- the forfeit of liberal courage and conviction- in civilized terms and through the medium of the suicide of Edward Cavan, a Hervard Professor and a militant idealist. Intense, and intensely lonely, remote, and still following a pattern set in a childhood of rejection, Edward is seen through the eyes of a few just before and after his death:- his friend, Damon, who had retracted on the principle at the foundation of civil liberties in the fear of the Communist label- which was in a sense to Edward a personal betrayal; his sister Isabel, who had never understood his alltion from her- and their family; a student, a great scholar, and an old friend- the daughter of a former Harvard dean. But his influence lives on in action as well as memory as a few years later, when academic as well as civil freedom is threatened by a Committee hearing- Damon stands up and defends the concept for which Edward had died.... This has none of the graceful, romantic properties of A Shower of Summer Days, but is a thoughtful rather than forceful perspective of individuals and issues.

Pub Date: March 14th, 1955
ISBN: 0393317153
Publisher: Rinehart