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By Charles Beaumont

"A memorable first e-book of fiction, one that belongs on any shelf of the easiest modern bizarre tales." - August Derleth, Chicago Tribune

"[E]xtraordinary . . . supplies Mr. Beaumont indisputable stature as an artist." - N. Y. usher in Tribune

"Charles Beaumont used to be a genius . . . and one hell of a storyteller." - Dean R. Koontz

"The identify of Charles Beaumont should be commemorated and well-known for generations but to come." - Robert Bloch

while The starvation and different tales (1957) seemed, it heralded the arriving of Charles Beaumont (1929-1967) as a tremendous and hugely unique new voice in American fiction. even if he's top identified this present day for his scripts for tv and movie, together with numerous vintage episodes of The Twilight area, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a grasp of peculiar stories, and this, his first released assortment, includes a few of his most sensible. Ranging in tone from the chilling Gothic horror of "Miss Gentilbelle," the place an insane mom attire her son up as a lady and slaughters his pets, to deliciously darkish humor in stories like "Open House" and "The Infernal Bouillabaisse," the place murderers' plans cross disastrously awry, those seventeen tales exhibit Beaumont's striking expertise and flexibility. This re-creation of The starvation and different tales, the 1st in additional than fifty years, contains a new advent by way of Dr. Bernice M. Murphy, who argues for reevaluation of Beaumont along the opposite greats of the style, together with Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson.

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7). Though aware that her behavior has always aroused speculation, she舗s tempted by the risk of entering his apartment, and he舗s delighted by the spontaneity of her consent. When she contrasts her luxurious way of life to the dingy existence of Selden舗s cousin Gerty Farish, Lily seems to him like a victim manacled to her fate. Lily, whose vocation is marriage, is very fond of Selden but doesn舗t want to marry him because he hasn舗t got enough money舒though he舗s sufficiently wealthy to sail suddenly down to Havana or across to Europe for important legal cases.

231). No one defends Lily after her cruel dismissal, though both Dorset and Carry Fisher later apologize for their cowardly behavior. Bertha has no moral scruples; Lily has far too many. Bertha is a Fury and avenger, yet Lily has committed no crime. Wharton makes her heroine the ironic embodiment of Aeschylus舗 great theme: suffering teaches wisdom. Lily returns to New York to find that Grace Stepney has told her aunt that Lily lost money gambling and that Gus Trenor has paid her bills, poisoning the severe and disapproving Julia Peniston against her.

Both taught her to worship wealth and trained her solely for marriage舒though she has no real desire to get married. Like Wharton herself, Lily has never had a mother舗s love. When the novel opens, Lily, an orphan with no mother to protect her, must look after herself. On Bertha舗s yacht in Monte Carlo, Lord Hubert tells Selden that Lily has an aunt in New York, but that New York is a long way off. By then, though Lily doesn舗t yet know it, her Aunt Julia Peniston has died, disinherited her, and left her with no place to live.

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