Jean Stafford — The Mountain Lion

120,00 kr.

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NYRB – New York Review of Books, 2010. In wraps as issued. IV, 240 pp. With an Afterword by Kathryn Davis. Light edgewear else very good copy

“Eight-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother Ralph are inseparable, in league with each other against the stodgy and stupid routines of school and daily life; against their prim mother and prissy older sisters; against the world of authority and perhaps the world itself. One summer they are sent from the genteel Los Angeles suburb that is their home to backcountry Colorado, where their uncle Claude has a ranch. There the children encounter an enchanting new world–savage, direct, beautiful, untamed–to which, over the next few years, they will return regularly, enjoying a delicious double life. And yet at the same time this other sphere, about which they are both so passionate, threatens to come between their passionate attachment to each other. Molly dreams of growing up to be a writer, yet clings ever more fiercely to the special world of childhood. Ralph for his part feels the growing challenge, and appeal, of impending manhood. Youth and innocence are hurtling toward a devastating end”. –

“How could it be that Jean Stafford has vanished from view, remembered more for her marriages to Robert Lowell and A.J. Liebling than her considerable accomplishments as a writer? Her 1970 Pulitzer Prize for “Collected Stories” was apparently no inoculation from the vagaries of literary fashion, and perhaps after languishing in out-of-print no man’s land, this edition of “The Mountain Lion” will win Stafford new legions of readers. The novel, which appeared in 1947, is in many ways a coming-of-age story, centering on a precocious brother and sister who spend their summers at their uncle’s Colorado ranch. Sounds simple enough, but Stafford’s world is eerie and chilling — though emotionally red hot, as boy and girl chafe against their suburban, silk-and-sherry life and yet find the freedom of the frontier, and the prospect of adulthood, almost impossible to bear.” –Elizabeth Taylor, The Chicago Tribune.

Jean Stafford — The Mountain Lion

120,00 kr.

In stock