If you would like a copy of Susan Glaspell’s Brook Evans or D. E. Stevenson’s Miss Buncle’s Book, I would be happy to send one or both to you in return for stamps. In other words, the books are free and you’re just reimbursing me for the postage (in stamps, not money). Leave a comment on which one or ones you want, and I’ll announce the “winners” tomorrow night.
I know there are some diehard Persephone fans out there. Alas, I can’t say anything good about Brook Evans–I read 100 pages and thought it was dreadful. Glaspell won a Pulitzer for her play, Alison’s House, and I admired her novel, Fidelity, also published by Persephone.
D. E. Stevenson’s Miss Buncle’s Book is an entertaining novel about a spinster who becomes a novelist,and I really enjoyed it. There is, however, an editing problem with this edition. There are many run-on sentences, not characteristic of Stevenson’s style, and I can only conclude something happened at Persephone.
I don’t as a rule want to give away iffy or just plain bad books, because why bother? But I’m sure someone is dying to read Stevenson’s novel, which I planned to give it away to charity anyway. And someone might have historical interest in the Glaspell.
I have to go to the P.O. anyway…