Books: Resistant Wife

Enough to alarm the woman-wary is the contemporary trend to novels and memoirs by writers' wives and mistresses. Few years ago Arnold Bennett's mistress, Dorothy Cheston-Bennett, and his wife, Marguerite, published their intimate memoirs. About the same time appeared the memoirs of D. H. Lawrence's wife, Frieda. While these memoirs spilled plenty of beans, at least they were withheld until their subjects were dead. Not so Half A Loaf, a thinly disguised autobiographical novel by Sinclair Lewis' exwife, Grace Hegger.

Latest such old wife's tale is Madeleine Boyd's novel, Life Makes Advances (Little,...

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