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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Little Otleys

Having enjoyed reading and writing about Dashiell Hammett I've gone to the opposite extreme and have very much enjoyed reading Ada Leverson's The Little Otleys - and look forward to more Leverson. What a really lovely writer! - great friend of Oscar Wilde - befriended him in his great crisis, lodged him during the trials and met him when he came out of prison; apart from which a great wit with wonderful insight into the relationship between the sexes. Plus, extremely enjoyable to read. Indeed, a lot of these now ignored women lovelists of the late Victorian and early Edwardian period are really worth reading. Bruce and Edith, the little Otleys, are a marvellously drawn couple, both comic and rather melancholy. Great stuff.

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