New York/London: D. Appleton-Century Company. Near Fine in Near Fine dj. 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. [no significant wear to book, just a couple of tiny spots on fore-edge; jacket is flawless except for a touch of wear at top of spine]. Fantasy novel, a "fast-moving story of a Grecian faun who, after becoming the lover of Aphrodite, is endowed with immortality and the power to enter the human body, male or female, of his choice. From an idyllic marriage to a Cretan maid, the faun moves to Egypt, where he takes part in the cruel intrigues and orgiastic splendors of that magnificent court." According to his jacket bio, the author (no relation to Douglas MacArthur, in case you're wondering) was a New Orleans native who'd kicked around show business (mostly in the concert field, as a "personal representative" and sometime singer) for a while, passed through Hollywood apparently without a ripple, and ended up back in New Orleans, "where he started experimenting with the short story" but gave it up as "too restricted," and proceeded to write this novel, his first -- and last. Francoise du Moulin, reviewing the book in The New York Times, lauded it for its originality and "excellent prose," and pronounced it "provocative enough to call for a trilogy." Apparently Mr. MacArthur missed the call. . (Inventory #: 23669)
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