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TENTHRAGON by CONSTANCE SAVERY - 1st American - 1930 - from Antique Books Den (SKU: 000869)


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NEW YORK: ALFRED H. KING, 1930 NICE LOOKING LIGHT OLIVE GREEN COVER, GOOD PLUS SHAPE, SLIGHT FADING, SOME VERY SMALL SPOTTING COVER. CLEAN INSIDE, NO INTERNAL MARKS, RARE FIRST NOVEL. BOY'S DREAMS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN A HOME PARTITIONED BY DOORS, LIVING WITH 2 BROTHERS, ONE CALLED DRAGON BECAUSE OF ACTIONS. Constance Winifred Savery was born in Wiltshire on October 31, 1897, the eldest daughter of the Vicar of Froxfield, John Manley Savery, and his wife, Constance Eleanor Harbord Savery. In her first book, Forbidden Doors (1929), she overreached herself according to THE TIMES (London), and the book's revision as Tenthragon in America a year later didn't suit the NEW YORK TIMES for the same reason. It was a long time before she again attempted a full-length book for an adult audience, but her books for children were successful from the beginning. Forbidden Doors is a book about a child, but not a children's book. "Not quite seven" Patric is taken from a foster home to live with his stern cousin Brendon Tenthragon, who attempts to be kind, but is unused to children. Thragoness, Brendon's gothic residence, is divided into halves by the title's forbidden doors through which Patric passes into Other Thragoness where he is psychologically abused by Brendon's brother Hugh, himself a physical and emotional cripple. Both THE TIMES of London and the NEW YORK TIMES agreed that the author had bitten off more than she could chew. Nevertheless, there are harbingers of her later books in the character development and in her use of twins (and triplets), a tendency that recurred throughout Savery's career. The PUNCH review of Jan. 22, 1930, ended on a hopeful note: Her characters.are live things of their own particular world--the no man's land that lies between Fiction and Fairy Story. Forbidden Doors interested me and nearly made my flesh creep. A VERY CONTROVERSIAL BOOK BY AN INTRIGUING AUTHOR. ANTIQUE BOOKS DEN, WHERE HISTORY LIVES.


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1st American
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psychological, thriller
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12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall

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