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The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece   By: (1873-1935)

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Anne Douglas Sedgwick presents a collection of five enthralling novels within her book, each providing a unique journey into the intricate web of human emotions and relationships. From desire and despair to hope and artistry, Sedgwick artfully weaves together gripping narratives that captivate readers from start to finish.

In "The Nest," Sedgwick offers a vivid and insightful portrayal of societal expectations and the consequences of living a life dictated by others. Set in the posh upper-class society of the early 20th century, the story unfolds with authentic character development and a realistic exploration of gender roles. Sedgwick masterfully delves into the nuances of marriage, motherhood, and duty, painting a picture of a society torn between tradition and personal fulfilment.

"The White Pagoda" transports readers to the exotic landscapes of Asia, where Sedgwick skillfully immerses us into a tale of forbidden love and cultural clashes. Against the backdrop of a society grappling with the tensions between East and West, Sedgwick explores the complexities of identity, heritage, and the relentless pursuit of personal happiness in the face of societal pressure. Her lyrical prose transports readers to a different time and place, rendering them deeply engaged in the characters' struggles.

In "The Suicide," Sedgwick delves into the darkest depths of the human psyche, offering a thought-provoking exploration of mental health and the ripple effects of tragedy. With her unflinchingly honest portrayal of individuals struggling with their own demons, Sedgwick shines a light on the ever-present yet largely unspoken struggles of mental illness. The raw emotions and poignant introspection present in this novel resonate deeply, leaving readers reflecting on the fragility of the human condition.

"A Forsaken Temple" transports readers to the mystical world of art and creative expression. Sedgwick intricately weaves together a tale of passion, sacrifice, and the enduring power of artistic endeavors. Her detailed descriptions breathe life into the vibrant art scene of the early 20th century, as we follow Miss Jones, a talented artist seeking recognition in a male-dominated world. Through Miss Jones' journey, Sedgwick challenges societal norms and explores the struggles faced by women artists, shedding light on the unacknowledged contributions of female creators.

Lastly, in "The Masterpiece," Sedgwick immerses readers in a tale of artistic rivalry and the intricacies of friendship. Set against the backdrop of the art world in 19th century Paris, Sedgwick expertly explores the tensions between ambition and loyalty, as two aspiring artists navigate the labyrinth of jealousy, passion, and their pursuit of artistic brilliance. With her keen eye for human emotions, Sedgwick paints a vivid picture of the artists' struggles, capturing the essence of their intense desire to create masterpieces.

Overall, Anne Douglas Sedgwick's collection of novels offers a deeply engaging reading experience, skillfully blending intricate storytelling with astute observations of the human condition. With her evocative prose, vivid characters, and thought-provoking themes, Sedgwick leaves an indelible mark on readers, challenging them to reflect on their own lives and the complexities of the world we live in.

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THE NEST

THE WHITE PAGODA

THE SUICIDE

A FORSAKEN TEMPLE

MISS JONES AND THE MASTERPIECE

BY ANNE DOUGLAS SEDGWICK

(MRS. BASIL DE S√ČLINCOURT)

AUTHOR OF "TANTE," "FRANKLIN WINSLOW KANE," "A FOUNTAIN SEALED," "THE SHADOW OF LIFE," ETC.

NEW YORK THE CENTURY CO. 1913

Copyright, 1902, 1904, 1912, 1913, by The Century Co.

Copyright, 1898, by Charles Scribner's Sons

Published, January, 1913

PREFACE

It seemed suitable, when making a selection of short stories for publication in book form, to include my first attempt with my last, and therefore the very juvenile production "Miss Jones and the Masterpiece" finds a place with the others.

My thanks are due to the Editors of the Century Magazine , Scribners' Magazine , and the English Review , for allowing me to republish the stories that appeared in their pages.

November, 1912.

CONTENTS

THE NEST

THE WHITE PAGODA

THE SUICIDE

A FORSAKEN TEMPLE

MISS JONES AND THE MASTERPIECE

THE NEST

CHAPTER I

He seemed to have had no time for thinking before he sank into a corner of the railway carriage and noted, with a satisfaction under the circumstances perhaps trivial, that he would have it to himself for the swift hour down to the country. Satisfactions of any sort seemed inappropriate, an appanage that he should have left behind him for ever on stepping from the great specialist's door in Wimpole Street two hours ago... Continue reading book >>




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