THE LAST GENTLEMAN by Shirley Barker


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Shirley Barker spins a goodly yarn against a warm and sympathetically drawn background, and gives the reader a sense of history in the making and characters that are more than two dimensional. This time her story deals with the New Hampshire colony at the moment when men's passions ran high, when tea was dumped in Boston harbor and for the first time men looked to a future as a nation, free of cross ocean dictates, rather than as each colony alone in its relationship. ""The last gentleman"" of the title is Governor John Wentworth, New Hampshire born but linked to his King in his loyalties, unwilling to side with his fellows in the fight they were making their own. His spoiled and beautiful slut of a wife, Frances, cared only to bear him a son- but wanted admiration from all men- and turned against Lydia, whom she used as a servant, when her husband's British aide sought her love. But Lydia suffered still from an old love- reborn- for Black Dan, Irish heritage New Hampshire man. And Hugh Ciffard, the Governor's aide, had a young sister, Dorothy, who loved Red Dan MacMurray, cousin to the other Dan- and chose to make his way, her way. It is a story of confused loyalties, of men and women learning where theirs lay, - the hard way. But the spirit of the times comes through, and the way of life in a young nation.

Pub Date: June 6th, 1960
Publisher: Random House