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Book Title: Phases of an Inferior Planet|
ISBN 13: 9780548395417
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The author of the book: Ellen Glasgow
Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: August 1st 2007
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The story of a swift, ill-matched love affair, contending against ambitions, poverty and tragedy in New York at the end of the 19th century.
Mariana Musin is a vibrant young woman of restive emotions who has run out on her family in the South with romantic ambitions to be an opera singer, though her singing instructor advises her that she does not quite have the talent.
Anthony Algarcife is a struggling scientist, raised by a priest, who has long kept his emotions in check to his intellect, until he falls for Mariana.
The romance is quick, the marriage unsuccessful. They eventually separate, and as the story skips ahead eight years we discover that they have each taken a different, seemingly successful course in life, though in reality they have both suffered 'the slow torture of famished asperations'.
Phases of an Inferior Planet, portentous title and all, is very similar to the works of two of Glasgow's contemporaries, Edith Wharton and Henry James, though not quite as sharp as Wharton, nor as flaccid as James.
As with those two the occasional, direct intervention from the author themselves is often telling, as with this example:
'our conceptions of others are colored solely by their attitudes towards ourselves, and not in the least by their attitudes towards the universe, which, when all is said, is of far less consequence.'
I always come away from novels of this period extremely thankful that lovers today have no such compulsions to turn a fleeting passion into an immediate matrimony.
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Read information about the authoraka Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
Born into an upper-class Virginian family, Glasgow rebelled at an early age against traditional expectations of women, becoming a best-selling author of 20 novels, the last of which (In This Our Life) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942.
The majority of her novels have Southern settings, reflecting her awareness of the enormous social and economic changes occuring in the South both in the decades before her birth and throughout her own life.
Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (1873-1945) was a Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist from Richmond, Virginia. Beginning in 1897, she wrote 20 novels and many short stories, mainly about life in Virginia. Her own education had been rudimentary, a fact Glasgow compensated for by reading widely. She maintained a close lifelong friendship with James Branch Cabell, another notable Richmond writer. She spent many summers at her family's Bumpass, Virginia estate, the historic Jerdone Castle plantation, a venue that reappears in her writings. Her works include: The Descendant (1897), Phases of an Inferior Planet (1898), The Voice of the People (1900), The Battle- Ground (1902), The Deliverance; A Romance of the Virginia Tobacco Fields (1904), The Romance of a Plain Man (1909), Virginia (1913), The Builders (1919), The Past (1920), Barren Ground (1925), The Romantic Comedians (1926), They Stooped to Folly (1929), The Sheltered Life (1932), Vein of Iron (1935), In This Our Life (1941).
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