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The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck : A Comedy…
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The first edition contains a synopsis of the great Hans Christian Anderson story of the shepherdess and the chimney sweep. It's best to find the story, then read the novel. ( )
1 vote wirkman | Sep 23, 2010 |
The best of Cabell's realistic fictions. ( )
1 vote wirkman | Sep 23, 2010 |
The greatest of Cabell's early "realistic" comedies, set in Lichfield (in the state of Virginia, in all but name). This British edition contains the page-long preface (summarizing a Han-Christian Anderson fable) as well as the subtitle Cabell added to the book after its initial publication in 1915. A droll book with a heartbreakingly beautiful ending. One of my favorite novels. ( )
2 vote wirkman | Feb 21, 2007 |
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This 1915 novel is set in Virginia in the waning years of the nineteenth century. A marriage between an aristocratic Southern gentleman and the spoiled daughter of a businessman affords Cabell the opportunity, with lapidary grace and gently devastating irony, of skewering the chivalric illusions of the Old South.… (more)

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