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The Constant Nymph
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1924. First edition. Fine/Near Fine. A Fine copy of the book, bright and sharp, in a Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket toned on the spine and at the top-edge of the rear flap, otherwise an excellent, complete example. Both book and jacket are second issue, as usual. Margaret Kennedy's novel is set in Tyrol, where it follows the fourteen year old daughter of a famous composer who falls for one of her father's friends. On its release, the book became extremely popular - selling over a million copies in its first five years - though it was controversial due to its relatively frank treatment of sex. Focusing on an artistic family, the book is thought to have originated the "bohemian" genre of literature. It was made into a well-received play and three films, including a 1943 movie for which Joan Fontaine received an Academy Award nomination. "[T]here are literary virtues in The Constant Nymph which, to my mind, remove it entirely from the ranks of ephemeral best-sellerdom." (Contemporary review in The Saturday Review of Literature). Fine in Near Fine. dust jacket.
      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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