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by Hugh Walpole
1927. Walpole wrote horror novels that tended more towards the psychological rather than supernatural, with a brooding underlying mysticism. Wintersmoon begins: I am asking you again to marry me as I did a fortnight ago. Janet Grandison turned towards him and said: Yes. You've been very honest. I believe, he said, honesty to be the only thing for us. From the beginning I h ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published by Kessinger Publishing
(first published 1928)
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Ugh. Walpole manages to commit the worst of DH Lawrence and Henry James's literary crimes without ever acheiving the insights of the others. The story swirls around Janet, a wellbred but poor woman who marries for companionship and security. Most of the book is about the characters around her--the good intentioned Purefoys who own the ancestral estate Wintersmoon, John Beauminster and Tom Seddon from The Duchess of Wrexe and Janet's younger, breezy sister Rosalind. Half of the book is about lov ...more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was an English novelist. A prolific writer, he published thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two plays and three volumes of memoirs. His skill at scene-setting, his vivid plots, his high profile as a lecturer and his driving ambition brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. A best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, his works ...moreMore about Hugh Walpole...