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AZARIAN : AN EPISODE by  Harriet Prescott Spofford]  Harriet Elizabeth [i.e. - First Edition - 1864 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and


by Prescott, Harriet Elizabeth [i.e., Harriet Prescott Spofford]

Condition: Very good

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 251 pp. plus 22,[1] pp. of publisher's advertisements. Original green cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Minor wear and light welts from a lace or band on front board, light foxing in later leaves. Very good.

The second novel and third book of Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (1835-1921), concerning an engagement between Azarian, an egocentric Greek doctor and aesthete working in Boston, and Ruth Yetton, an idealistic young orphan painter. Prescott was a Massachusetts-based American author of poetry and prose, known for her detective stories, Gothic romances, and defiantly exuberant style. Among her detractors was Henry James, who wrote in 1865, "'Azarian' is true to nothing. No one ever looked like Azarian, talked like him, nor, on the whole, acted like him; for although his specific deeds, as related in the volume before us, are few and far between, we find it difficult to believe that any one ever pursued a line of conduct so utterly meaningless as that which we are invited, or rather allowed, to attribute to him."


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