New York: Random House. Very Good+ in Good dj. (c.1951). 2nd printing. Hardcover. [solid copy, light shelfwear, minor spotting to top edge; jacket edgeworn, scuffed at rear panel, one small chip at top of front panel, another at base of spine, a few small nicks along bottom edge]. Novel about an old-maid music teacher, approaching forty, "worshiping the memory of her father, and battling her mother's extravagances in order to maintain their social position and hold together the remnants of their fortune." The jacket design is that faux-Dali-esque psycho-symbolic style that had already begun to look a little tired by the early Fifties, much like the author's career, which peaked with "The Snake Pit" (book and subsequent movie, 1946 and 1948 respectively). She continued to write and publish novels intermittently (between breakdowns) until 1970, and died in relative obscurity in 1981; her passing was unnoted by the New York Times, and today she doesn't even rate a Wikipedia entry (although there's one for the movie THE SNAKE PIT). (Now THAT's obscurity.) . (Inventory #: 15800)
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