First published in 1952, “The Price of Salt” is Patricia Highsmith’s unprecedented novel concerning the love affair between two women. Highsmith originally published the novel under the pseudonym “Claire Morgan” out of fear that she might be branded as a writer of lesbian literature and out of respect for the characters and occurrences depicted in the novel which referenced her own real life relationships. The story is concerned with the life of Therese Belivet, a young woman living in Manhattan who aspires to be a theatrical set designer. Despite the fact that she is dating a young man named Richard, Therese feels quite lonely as she does not truly love Richard or enjoy their intimacies. By day she works in the toy department at a New York department store. It is there that she meets Carol, an elegant woman in her early thirties, when she waits on her as a customer. The two soon spark up a friendship which eventually develops into a romantic relationship. Noted for being one of the first novels not to depict lesbian relationships in a completely unfavorable light, “The Price of Salt”, or “Carol”, as it was also published, has been adapted into a 2015 film which received numerous award nominations.
The classic novel about a man torn between his devotion to his mother and his desire for a lover. Cited by the Modern Library as one of the ten best twentieth-century novels in the English language, Sons and Lovers is considered by many to be D. H. Lawrence’s masterpiece, with its deep psychological insight into the bond between mother and son, and the difficulties of emotionally separating from a parent. Considered a semiautobiographical work, it follows protagonist Paul Morel as he experiences the loss of his older brother, hostility toward his coal miner father, and a burden of responsibility toward his more genteel mother, who inspires maddening mixed feelings in him. Paul struggles to find room in his life for a meaningful, romantic relationship of his own as he works to hold his family together.
A 1926 collection of nine stories of “fine insight and finished craft” from the acclaimed author of The Great Gatsby (The New York Times).Experience the Roaring Twenties through the mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest American writers with these nine short stories. Included are tales of wealthy eccentrics and unrequited love like “Winter Dreams” and “Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les.” A woman who marries for money must handle the consequences when tragedy strikes in “The Adjuster.” A suburban married couple must deal with the fallout of their toddler’s violent tantrum in “The Baby Party.” And a young boy confesses his sins in “Absolution,” originally written as a prologue to The Great Gatsby, which was published in 1925, one year prior to this collection.
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