JULIA GWYNN by Robert K. Marshall

JULIA GWYNN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A second novel which returns to Tateboro, North Carolina, and an occasional mention of Little Squirr Jim for the enigma and the drama of Julia Gwynn whose red wig and painted face, black horses and barouche lent a strange glamor to the legend and speculation she aroused. And through the eyes and eager ears of the gentility of Tateboro, of the servants in her house, the portrait of patrician Old Lady Gwynne is affirmed. There is her marriage to the younger Huger, dependent and dissolute, which follows a downbeat of deterioration in his drost de seigneur appropriation of the mulatto, Lucette, to his brutal exercise of a snakewhip; and finally to his shooting, and the trail of Julia Gwynn which ends in dismissal... A respectful reflection of the imperishables of tradition, of a grandeur which defied time and change, of a pride which overrode humiliation, this has its moments of festering drama and suggestive suspense which make for holding entertainment and regional popularity.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1952
Publisher: Little, Brown (D.S.&P.)