Fabian, Warner (pseud. for Samuel Hopkins Adams) Widow's Oats
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1935) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj
[solid book, slight wear to spine ends, a bit of smudging to edges of text block, dust-darkening to top edge; jacket edgeworn, a bit soiled, some horizontal creasing near top edge, a few tiny edge-nicks, minor paper loss at top of spine]. Novel about a "successful young physician [who] plays the role of friendly confidant, comforter, and adviser to four charming and beautiful young women, three of them married. [His] harem, as the quartette are sometimes called, are the inner clique of Wellington society -- the most popular of the young married crowd. In the eyes of Bard Smith, all four women are essentially unfulfilled." This was Adams's seventh and final effort to appear under his "Warner Fabian" pseudonym, which he had originally adopted to segregate his work as an investigative journalist and respectable mainstream novelist from his more sensationalistic (or trashier) endeavors. Wouldn't you know it, though: the first Fabian book, "Flaming Youth" (1923) became a bestseller, and he obligingly kept cranking out similar fare ("Summer Bachelors," "Unforbidden Fruit," etc.) until, well, this one -- when he was still being touted as "the Author of Flaming Youth."