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I'm Dying Laughing by Christina Stead
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I'm Dying Laughing

by Christina Stead

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The last cable was off, the green lane between ship and deck widened.
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This posthumously revised novel is dated and flawed, but it provides insight into Stead's view on the political and social climate in the United States, 1930-1960, and on the destructive forces acting on women. A sprawling work, it chronicles the disillusionment and betrayal of self-destructive protagonist Emily Wilkes Howard, a writer of successful popular works in conflict with her milieu. Her husband, his upper-class family, their perfidious circle of friends, the radical Left in America and Europe, the McCarthyitesall participate in destroying this bright woman. Librarians will have to decide whether they wish to complete their offerings on this important novelist, author of The Man Who Loved Children, with a weaker novel. Elizabeth San d vick, English Dept., North Hennepin Community Coll., Minneapolis
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This novel of betrayal and self-delusion recreates the political turbulence of the American Left and the clamor and menace of the McCarthy Right. Emily Wilks is a woman of enormous but mercurial enthusiasms. Stephen Howard is a dangerous dreamer. Together, they mirror their times, the heady revolutionary fervor of the Depression and wartime America and the fractiousness of the Cold War years.… (more)

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