THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER by William Bradford Hule

THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A-whoring we will go"" -- or NOT A thin fictional covering here does not disguise a sociological treatise on the position of prostitutes in today's civilization, for Mamie Stover's career is a transparency for the pattern of social taboos which are ostrich-wise in their non-recognition of an established veniality. Mamie, brushed off, and brushed out of Hollywood, a contest winner who didn't play it quite right, decides to become a commercial whore in Honolulu and makes a success, by her standards, of her decision. Outwardly adhering to the restrictions on her trade, but breaking them as much as possible, she latches on to real estate, and with the war, earns her E, devises a belt production line, In forced to pay Income tax and works in a war bond drive. With her next step, she establishes a home in the right neighborhood, marries the proper war hero and -- although she is never accepted socially or admitted to respectability -- is content with the attainment of a self-imposed goal. Local color reversed to black and white on the Anglo-Honolulu system, functioning from 1939 on, this blue print to back street hariotry is rather to be regarded as clinical research than literature. Probably a burn for public libraries.

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1951
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce