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|Title:||Melville Goodwin, USA|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
This is a novel about a major general - a specialist in combat who became a general through the ambition of his wife Muriel. General Goodwin had led tanks through the turmoil of war with only the usual press attention. But when he pushed aside the tommy-gun of a Russian sentry in Berlin he became the focal point of publicity and of the attentions of Dottie Peale. Muriel did not know Dottie and the General soon found himself in fields of action for which he had not been trained.
The conflict between these two women and the General's struggle with himself as he searches for a normal life despite his lifetime special training makes the most dramatic novel Mr. Marquand has written. The activities of the Pentagon, the excitement of New York, the liberties of Paris, the crisis of battle, the life in foreign stations and the quiet of small-town New England are all part of the General's career and responsibility.--Goodreads.com. [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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