|Title:||Repent in Haste|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
This book is a novella (~28000 words) set toward the end of World War II. The protagonist, William Briggs, is a war correspondent assigned to the Pacific Theater. Over time, he learns that one doesn't make close friendships during war. One never knows who is next to go, so one doesn't want to be overly involved in what happens. But, before he learns this lesson, he becomes friends with and concerned about Lieutenant Boyden, known as Boysie. Over time, Boysie tells Briggs his life story, and when Briggs is due for leave, and plans on going back to New York for a time, Boysie asks him to look up his family and his wife, Daisy, both of whom live in East Orange, New Jersey. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Marquand, John P. (John Phillips)
John Phillips Marquand (November 10, 1893 – July 16, 1960) was an American writer. Originally best known for his Mr. Moto spy stories, he achieved popular success and critical respect for his satirical novels, winning a Pulitzer Prize for The Late George Apley in 1938. One of his abiding themes was the confining nature of life in America's upper class and among those who aspired to join it. Marquand treated those whose lives were bound by these unwritten codes with a characteristic mix of respect and satire.
By the mid-1930s he was a prolific and successful writer of fiction for slick magazines like the Saturday Evening Post. Some of these short stories were of an historical nature as had been Marquand's first two novels (The Unspeakable Gentleman and The Black Cargo). These would later be characterized by Marquand as “costume fiction”, of which he stated that an author “can only approximate (his characters) provided he has been steeped in the (relevant) tradition”. Marquand had abandoned “costume fiction” by the mid-1930s.
In the late-1930s, Marquand began producing a series of novels on the dilemmas of class, most centered on New England. The first of these, The Late George Apley (1937), a satire of Boston's upper class, won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1938. Other Marquand novels exploring New England and class themes include Wickford Point (1939), H.M. Pulham, Esquire (1941), and Point of No Return (1949). The last is especially notable for its satirical portrayal of Harvard anthropologist W. Lloyd Warner, whose Yankee City study attempted (and in Marquand's view, dismally failed) to describe and analyze the manners and mores of Marquand's Newburyport.--Wikipedia.
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