Books: Rebel Romance

MISS RAVENEL'S CONVERSION—J. W. De Forest—Harper ($2.50).

The story of this novel is unsparing enough now to disturb most modern readers. Seventy-two years ago it was so shocking it blew its gifted author into literary oblivion. One of the best war stories in U. S. fiction, the first and one of the best realistic portraits of a young American girl, the slyest commentary on the difference in romantic Southern and Northern ways of doing the same thing, it was also one of the greatest failures in U. S. publishing. The book went out of print;...

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