STELLA DYSART OF AMBROSIA LAKE by Merle Armitage

STELLA DYSART OF AMBROSIA LAKE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Written in lush TV-promotion style, this biographical eulogy of what must be a remarkable woman would also appear, perhaps without intent on the part of the author, to be a sales-brochure for Miss Dysart's vast uranium properties near Grants, N.M., which he describes in glowing detail; the story of Miss Dysart herself emerges from a purple fog of praise. ""A woman of the Southwest,"" born in Missouri, well educated, Miss Dysart started in business in a San Francisco dressmaking shop; becoming interested in oil properties she worked with men in the oil fields she owned, making a fortune for herself, her investors and her family; acquiring and developing the Ambrosia Lake uranium field she is now fabulously rich, a promoter and a mining expert. Placing his heroine high in the list of the world's ""feminine tycoons,"" the author, who never calls her anything but ""Stella Dysart"", tells of her ""distinguished physiognomy,"" her great piety and business ability, her ""puckish wit"" and her ""Dysartisms"": ""The Bible has always been my guide;"" ""If it can't be helped it must be endured."" He also includes a genealogy of the Saltonstall family of which Miss Dysart is a 13th-generation member. Overwritten and heavy with cliches, this book is not for the sophisticated.

Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce