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The Constant Sinner by Mae West
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The Constant Sinner (1937)

by Mae West

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Babe Gordon leaned against the crumbling red brick wall of the Marathon Athletic Club in Harlem, at 135th Street off Fifth Avenue, and pulled at a cigarette.
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Babes Gordon, a broad who 'would not have known what a moral was if it could be made to dance naked in front of her', is the audacious heroine of this spirited lowlife novel set in Thirties Harlem. Seducing and discarding lovers according to whim (or her eye for the main chance) Babes esnares first an innocent young boxer, then a handsome chainstore heir, blithely ignoring mobster Money Johnson, due to leave jail soon. Surrounded by characters like Cokey Jenny, Liverlips Sam, Pinhead Pete and the Black Tulips, Babes shamelessly schemes her way through outrageous shenanigans.
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"Babe Gordon, the star of this brilliant, sophisticated novel of New York's racy set in the Twenties, is a strange woman. She uses her beauty and her sexual allure as a soldier uses his weapons--without mercy or scruples. Her basic appeal attracts all types of men, from bruisers of the prize ring to the more refined sons of the city's aristocracy. From her experiences with men, she is canny, worldly wise, quick thinking. But all her art, her wisdom, and her actions are devoted to love. When her passion for one man cools, she is quick to kindle it in another. Men and their rages over transient affections do not move her. Through a situation that costs one man his life, another man his career, and the disgrace of a third lover, Babe Gordon moves deftly, coolly, the god of all men's eyes, the ultimate femme fatale" --Cover p. [4].… (more)

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