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Hope Diamond Refuses
by Iris Owens
Hope Diamond, a feisty New York dame, goes off to the Mideast to find and confront her ex-husband - and also crack some jokes. This is the 2d and last novel Owens wrote. She's mostly known as Harriet Daimler for her Olympia Press porn novels from the 50s.
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published May 12th 1984 by Knopf
(first published 1984)
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Skip this and read "The Woman Thing" by Harriet Daimler -- it's the same author before 2d and 3d thoughts/ inhibitions scared her stiff. Owens herself was briefly married to an Iranian prince; they parted good friends. She spent over 7 years of indecision, writing and rewriting this novel, then came up against a brick wall w her editor, Vicky Wilson, at Knopf. Even the woeful cover appalled her -- as it should have. NYT reviewer, the corrupt Anatole Broyard, slammed her because she'd once panned ...more
Who cares if a writer can only write one good character? Didion's heroines are all simulacra of herself - wan and deference in a wrap skirt. Joy Williams (novels pre-1990) writes the women in the throes of male dominance and definition through child-rearing. Iris Owens writes Harriet from After Claude into the same woman as Hope Diamond. She's defiant; she chooses to ignore the reality. And I guess Owens would owe Didion, if Owens herself didn't actually live through all of this. I mean, a woman ...more
Iris Owens (née Klein) (1929–2008) was born and raised in Brooklyn, the daughter of a professional gambler. She attended Brooklyn College, was briefly married, and then moved to Paris, where she fell in with Alexander Trocchi, the editor of the legendary avant-garde journal Merlin and a notorious heroin addict. Owens supported herself by producing pornography, or DBs as she referred to Dirty Books ...moreMore about Iris Owens...