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The Resource A favourite of the gods ; : and, A compass error, Sybille Bedford ; preface by Daniel Mendelsohn

A favourite of the gods ; : and, A compass error, Sybille Bedford ; preface by Daniel Mendelsohn

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A favourite of the gods ; : and, A compass error
Title
A favourite of the gods ;
Title remainder
and, A compass error
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Sybille Bedford ; preface by Daniel Mendelsohn
Title variation
Favorite of the gods
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eng
Summary
  • "A Favourite of the Gods is the story of two generations of a single family, united by a strong matrilineal bond but divided by the customs of their differing nationalities. Anna Howland, the matriarch and American heiress, born in the 1870s to a prominent, liberal New England family marries an Italian prince and makes her home in Rome; her daughter Constanza, the favorite of the title, inherits her mother's beauty, intelligence, and wealth, along with her father's Catholicism, which she soon rejects in the course of her unconventional but first-rate education. When disaster strikes, Anna and the prince fall back on the conventional standardsof behavior of their disparate cultures; Constanza, with her European upbringing, is free to develop her own moral code, to plot her own course in life, and she does so with fantastic daring, making an unconventional life for herself in England and on the continent at the time of the first world war and its aftermath. Her own daughter Flavia, introduced in A Favourite of the Gods, is the heroine of A Compass Error, which begins where the first novel concludes. Flavia too is a brilliant young woman, though both more brash and more faltering than her mother, studying in France for her entrance exam to Oxford when she becomes involved with a mysterious woman whose arrival at a sensitive moment in Flavia's adolescence will alter both her and her mother's lives forever"--
  • "A Favourite of the Gods: A Theme explored by James and Wharton- that of the New World, naive, upright, puritanical, confronting the Old, steeped in sophisticated irony, by a European witness to two world wars. Her heroine is Constanza, a beautiful Italian pagan born to privilege, health, and intelligence. Like her mother, the straitlaced New England heiress Anna Howland, she thinks she is happy, until, in her maturity, she realizes what she lacks- a purpose, and a part"--
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1911-2006
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Bedford, Sybille
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6052.E3112
Literary form
fiction
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  • 1960-
  • 1911-2006
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  • Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam
  • Bedford, Sybille
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New York Review Books classics
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  • Italian American women
  • Americans
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Teenage girls
  • Riviera (France)
  • France, Southern
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A favourite of the gods ; : and, A compass error, Sybille Bedford ; preface by Daniel Mendelsohn
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First work originally published: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1963. Second work originally published: London : Collins, 1968
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xiv, 491 pages
Isbn
9781681370569
Lccn
2016032469
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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A favourite of the gods ; : and, A compass error, Sybille Bedford ; preface by Daniel Mendelsohn
Publication
Note
First work originally published: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1963. Second work originally published: London : Collins, 1968
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xiv, 491 pages
Isbn
9781681370569
Lccn
2016032469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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