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Out of the unromantic night, out of the somber blurring January fog, came a voice lifted in song, a soprano, rich, full and round, young, yet matured, sweet and mysterious as a night-bird's, haunting and elusive as the murmur of the sea in a shell: a lilt from La Fille de Madame Angot, a light opera long since forgotten in New York. Hillard, genuinely astonished, lowered his pipe and listened. To sit dreaming by an open window, even in this unlovely first month of the year, in that grim unhandsome city which ...
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The Lure of the Mask

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Out of the unromantic night, out of the somber blurring January fog, came a voice lifted in song, a soprano, rich, full and round, young, yet matured, sweet and mysterious as a night-bird's, haunting and elusive as the murmur of the sea in a shell: a lilt from La Fille de Madame Angot, a light opera long since forgotten in New York. Hillard, genuinely astonished, lowered his pipe and listened. To sit dreaming by an open window, even in this unlovely first month of the year, in that grim unhandsome city which boasts of its riches and still accepts with smug content its rows upon rows of ugly architecture, to sit dreaming, then, of red-tiled roofs, of cloud-caressed hills, of terraced vineyards, of cypresses in their dark aloofness, is not out of the natural order of things; but that into this idle and pleasant dream there should enter so divine a voice, living, feeling, pulsing, this was not ordinary at all.
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  • BN ID: 2940000864647
  • Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 259 KB

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December 29, 1913, premiere of the first episode of the serial so as to be in book stores during the screening of the entire thirteen episodes. Among MacGrath's short stories made into film was the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks Production Company's feature-length adventure film The Mollycoddle based on MacGrath's short story with the same title that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in 1913. Directed by Victor Fleming, it starred Fairbanks, Ruth Renick, and Wallace Beery and was distributed through the newly created United Artists. It is said that during this same time, a young Boris Karloff, who previously had a few uncredited film roles, chose his stage name for his first screen credit in 1920 from the MacGrath novel The Drums of Jeopardy, which had also been published by The Saturday Evening Post in January of that year and which featured a Russian mad scientist character named Boris Karlov. The name Boris Karlov was used from MacGrath's book for the 1922 Broadway play, but by 1923 with actor Boris Karloff using the similar sounding variation, the film version renamed the character Gregor Karlov. Harold MacGrath's success made him a wealthy man and, although he traveled the world extensively, Syracuse, New York, was his home, and it was there in 1912 that he built an English country-style mansion renowned for its landscaped gardens. In an article in the April 23, 1932, issue of The Saturday Evening Post written under the title "The Short Autobiography of a Deaf Man", MacGrath told the public how he had struggled early in life as a result of a hearing impairment. At a time in history when deaf people were almost automatically considered as lacking intellectual acuity, he had hid this from his employer and others. Harold MacGrath died at his home in Syracuse a few months after the article was published. Source:Wikipedia.
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    A bit predictable, but a really fun read. ^_^

    I found a beat up first edition of this book in the local antique shop for $5 and bought it for the title. How can you not love a title like that? Anyway, sometimes I find it hard to get into books written in that time period (this book was first published in 1908), but this was actually a really fun read. It stimulates the imagination and sense of adventure. There is intrigue and danger and love. I'm actually pretty surprised it fell away like it did; it really is a shame it's not one of the well-known classics. I will admit the story is a little bit predictable (a plot point that I'm sure the author thought was going to be a crazy twist was pretty obvious to me well before the secret was revealed), but that kind of just made it more fun for me. Even though I was born well after the time period this takes place in, and I had never heard of the book before, reading it gave me a bit of nostalgia. This is a wonderful book to curl up with on a quiet day with a warm blanket and read in one sitting and just drink up every word.

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    A bit predictable, but a really fun read.

    I found a beat up first edition of this book in the local antique shop for $5 and bought it for the title. How can you not love a title like that? Anyway, sometimes I find it hard to get into books written in that time period (this book was first published in 1908), but this was actually a really fun read. It stimulates the imagination and sense of adventure. There is intrigue and danger and love. I'm actually pretty surprised it fell away like it did; it really is a shame it's not one of the well-known classics. I will admit the story is a little bit predictable (a plot point that I'm sure the author thought was going to be a crazy twist was pretty obvious to me well before the secret was revealed), but that kind of just made it more fun for me. Even though I was born well after the time period this takes place in, and I had never heard of the book before, reading it gave me a bit of nostalgia. This is a wonderful book to curl up with on a quiet day with a warm blanket and read in one sitting and just drink up every word.

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

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    A Bit Predictable, but a Really Fun Read. ^_^

    I found a beat up first edition of this book in the local antique shop for $5 and bought it for the title. How can you not love a title like that? Anyway, sometimes I find it hard to get into books written in that time period (this book was first published in 1908), but this was actually a really fun read. It stimulates the imagination and sense of adventure. There is intrigue and danger and love. I'm actually pretty surprised it fell away like it did; it really is a shame it's not one of the well-known classics. I will admit the story is a little bit predictable (a plot point that I'm sure the author thought was going to be a crazy twist was pretty obvious to me well before the secret was revealed), but that kind of just made it more fun for me. Even though I was born well after the time period this takes place in, and I had never heard of the book before, reading it gave me a bit of nostalgia. This is a wonderful book to curl up with on a quiet day with a warm blanket and read in one sitting and just drink up every word.

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