"Scarlet Josephine"

By: Worthington, Marjorie

Price: $150.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

[nice tight clean book, just a trace of shelfwear; jacket has tiny chips at spine ends, minor wear to edges and extremities, light soiling to rear panel]. Very uncommon novel about a "sensitive, cultivated woman of thirty" who lives an unobtrusive life in a small Connecticut village, appearing "outwardly sedate, spinsterish, almost forbidding" to others -- but she reads Joyce and Lawrence and Hemingway, and "in her private thoughts and dreams [is] singularly uninhibited and modern." Her quiet life is upended, however, when she writes a scandalous best-seller about an international prostitute. One of the best books by this journalist/author, who turned out quite a few novels (almost all with strong-willed female protagonists) in the 1920s and 1930s. A kind of minor Lost Generation expatriate, Ms. Worthington's literary accomplishments have been unfairly overshadowed by her relationship with the notorious author/occultist/journalist/traveller/alcoholic/nutso William Seabrook, to whom she was married from 1935 to 1941. (She ultimately wrote a book about him, "The Strange World of Willie Seabrook," twenty years after he committed suicide in 1945.)

Title: "Scarlet Josephine"

Author: Worthington, Marjorie

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: 1st & 2nd Printings Before Publication

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1933

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

Seller ID: 22292

Keywords: Writers Small Towns Novelists