New York: Lincoln MacVeagh/The Dial Press. Very Good. 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . (no dust jacket) [a clean, sound copy, with light bumping/fraying to all corners, slight exposure of boards at bottom corners, small bookseller's stamp on front pastedown]. Lesbian-themed novel, one of a number of such works that followed in the wake of the 1928 publication and subsequent notoriety of Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness." This one relates "the story of the friendship of two young women, teachers in a girl's school, and their relations with an older woman, the Principal of the school. Half-way through the book one of the young women, Helene, dies. There is a mystery about her death, which Lydia, her friend, does not understand until a year later, but during this period Helen's influence plays a part in the drama of Lydia's friendship for Miss Endriham, the Principal of the school. What makes the book so original is the psychological undercurrent, the exquisite quality of the writing, and the emotional intensity and suspense." [Quoted from the dust jacket, NOT present on this copy.] Very little is known about the author, who was also a poet and book illustrator (generally under the name Marion Patton Waldron); this appears to have been her only novel. . (Inventory #: 22249)
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