From Altar to Chimney-Piece: Selected Stories of Mary Butts

From Altar to Chimney-Piece: Selected Stories of Mary Butts

by Mary Butts, John Ashbery

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Library Journal
These stories chronicle the lives and mores of a Bohemian set of writers, actors, and artists who frequented the fashionable salons of Europe between the wars. In the story ``With and Without Buttons,'' two sisters conspire to convince their neighbor that his house is haunted only to have the tables turned on them by what appear to be real ghostly manifestations. ``In Bayswater'' tells of a distraught mother who persuades the friend of her dissolute son to rent rooms in her house so that he can keep an eye on her son. The friend slowly comes to realize that the mother is at least as untrustworthy as his friend. Although surprisingly contemporary in their offhand attitude to sex and morality, these plotless stories, lacking apparent beginnings or endings, are difficult to read. This is a compilation of ``recovered classics'' that might better have been left undisturbed.--Barbara Love, St . Lawrence Coll . , Kingston, Ontario

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