|Title:||Patience Sparhawk and Her Times, A Novel|
|Publisher:||John Lane: The Bodley Head|
|Tags:||fiction, film/TV adaptation|
She next wrote Patience Sparhawk and Her Times, A Novel (1897), but it proved to be too controversial. It was 1898 and John Lane of The Bodley Head agreed to publish it, but not for two years.
William Robertson Nicoll gave a review of it in the April 12, 1897 edition of The Bookman that said it was "crude" in its portrayal of a clever young woman with burning interest in life and identified it as a protest against the tame American novel. In the May 15 issue of The New York Times, the reviewer said that Atherton had "incontestable" ability and a "very original talent" while noting that the book offered a series of "fleshy" episodes in Patience's life that must have scared a sensitive reader. It was banned from the San Francisco Mechanics' Institute, and the San Francisco Call review said it represented Atherton's departure from her proper literary goal of treating early California themes romantically. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton (October 30, 1857 – June 14, 1948) was a prominent and prolific American author. Many of her novels are set in her home state, California. Her best-seller Black Oxen (1923) was made into a silent movie of the same name. In addition to novels, she wrote short stories, essays, and articles for magazines and newspapers on such issues as feminism, politics, and war. She was strong-willed, independent-minded, and sometimes controversial.--Wikipedia.
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