FLORA SHAWN by Samuel Rogers


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Semi-popularized psychological study of an arrogant, attractive, perverse young woman who frustrates all, including herself. There's a background of a childhood dominated by a syphilitic father and a chauffeur with a sexual penchant for young girls, which nonetheless did not seem to mark her too deeply. She was loved by Clark who did not have the courage or vitality to seduce her, with the result that she jilted him for his best friend, a musician. The marriage ends in divorce and a return to the faithful Clark, who leaves her when he finds out what she is. The story ends with a closeup of an alcoholic escape. Doesn't add up to anything much, has a slightly lurid cast. Certainly not what the doctor orders for P. L's. Far cry from Dusk at the Grove, which won The Atlantic prize.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1941
Publisher: Messner