This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941)
|Title:||Wintersmoon: Passages in the Lives of Two Sisters, Janet and Rosalind Grandison|
|Publisher:||Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc.|
|Tags:||English Literature, fiction, mystery, novel, marriage|
The story swirls around Janet, a wellbred but poor woman who marries for companionship and security. Most of the book is about the characters around her—the good intentioned Purefoys who own the ancestral estate Wintersmoon, John Beauminster and Tom Seddon from The Duchess of Wrexe and Janet's younger, breezy sister Rosalind. Half of the book is about love, in its various forms: Janet falls in love with her husband, her husband desperately loves their son, Tom loves Rosalind but Rosalind loves no one but herself. It's rather histrionic, but the passing of some 80 years has not rendered it a meaningless puzzle.
The other half of the book is unfortunately about Walpole's favorite subject: the old vs the new. Janet and her new, aristocratic family stand for "Old England," made of traditions, stiff upper lips and doing ones duty. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Walpole, Hugh
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (March 13, 1884 - June 1, 1941) was a British Novelist during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He was one of the most popular authors of his times, until his literary reputation was destroyed by Somerset Maugham.
His most famous novel is perhaps Rogue Herries, the first of four books in his Herries Chronicles series. He wrote thirty-six novels, and five volumes of short stories.
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