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Adversary in the House: A Biographical Novel of Eugene V. Debs

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The book Stone considered his best, but most neglected, is a biographical novel based on the life of Eugene V. Debs & his wife Kate, who was opposed to socialism.[1]
1. Kate Debs seemed to have been so hostile to Debs's socialist activities--it threatened her sense of middle-class respectability--that novelist Irving Stone was led to call her, in the title of his fictio
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 1969 by Signet/New American Library (NY) (first published 1947)
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Rod
May 02, 2011 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed learning about Eugene Debs in the midst of a good novel that reminded me a bit of the Steinbeck of In Dubious Battle. Debs' life and his tireless promotion of worker rights and...horrors!...socialism held great resonance for me in this time and place.
Lisa
Jan 08, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't read historical fiction without wondering how accurate the portrayal is, which often leads me to avoid historical fiction. However, Irving Stone is a wonderful storyteller, so fact or fiction, his novels are a treat. The 'adversary' of the title refers to Debs' wife, Kate; whom he never should have married. Tragic. Still, it is remarkable how their marriage endured.

A valuable read for its mentions of Debs' own reading lists over his lifetime.
Nat Bond
Sep 11, 2014 Nat Bond rated it it was amazing
Irving Stone was the best historical novelist I have read
Usha
Nov 25, 2012 Usha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is myfavoritebook
Timothy Kerrigan
Aug 04, 2011 Timothy Kerrigan rated it it was amazing
Not very accurate historically, but VERY entertaining.
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In 1923, Stone received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1960s, Stone received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Southern California, where he had previously earned a Masters Degree from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

When at home, Stone relied upon the research facilities and expertise made available to him by Esther Euler
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