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A Marriage Below Zero
All is not well in the Ravener household. Arthur shows little interest in his pretty new bride. He disappears after dinner. Elsie waits up for him into the wee hours of the morning. His bedroom door is locked. Arthur prefers the company of Jack, his "bosom friend" from his college days. A Marriage Below Zero (1889) is a tragicomic account of a desperate woman's attempts to ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by Cognella
(first published 1889)
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This book is actually authored by Alan Dale, the pen name of Alfred J. Cohen, a British-born drama critic who was notorious for his theater reviews written for American newspapers. It is one of the earliest British or American novels to deal explicitly with homosexuality - at least, as explicitly as was possible in 1889 when the novel was published, before the term "homosexual" was in widespread use (in those days, "Uranian" or "invert" were more widely-used terms for gay men.) Although it's ...more
Don't be fooled by the cover art that implies a book of erotica. This is not that. This was written in 1889 and is a cautionary tale about ignorance in marriage and the consequences of marrying the wrong man. The wrong man is the one who prefers the company of his best friend to his new bride. I couldn't put it down.