Now, Voyager [NOOK Book]

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“Don’t let’s ask for the moon! We have the stars!” The film that concludes with Bette Davis’s famous words, reaffirmed Davis’s own stardom and changed the way Americans smoked cigarettes. But few contemporary fans of this story of a woman’s self-realization know its source. Olive Higgins Prouty’s 1941 novel Now, Voyager provides an even richer, deeper portrait of the inner life of its protagonist and the society she inhabits. Viewed from a distance of more than 60 years, it also offers fresh and quietly radical ...
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“Don’t let’s ask for the moon! We have the stars!” The film that concludes with Bette Davis’s famous words, reaffirmed Davis’s own stardom and changed the way Americans smoked cigarettes. But few contemporary fans of this story of a woman’s self-realization know its source. Olive Higgins Prouty’s 1941 novel Now, Voyager provides an even richer, deeper portrait of the inner life of its protagonist and the society she inhabits. Viewed from a distance of more than 60 years, it also offers fresh and quietly radical takes on psychiatric treatment, traditional family life, female desire, and women’s agency.Boston blueblood Charlotte Vale has led an unhappy, sheltered life. Lonely, dowdy, repressed, and pushing 40, Charlotte finds salvation at a sanitarium, where she undergoes an emotional and physical transformation. After her extreme makeover, the new Charlotte tests her mettle by embarking on a cruise—and finds herself in a torrid love affair with a married man which ends at the conclusion of the voyage. But only then can the real journey begin, as Charlotte is forced to navigate a new life for herself. While Now, Voyager is a tear-jerking romance, it is at the same time the empowering story of a woman who finds the strength to chart her own course in life; who discovers love, sex, and even motherhood outside of marriage; and who learns that men are, ultimately, dispensable in the quest for happiness and fulfillment.Olive Higgins Prouty (1882–1974), like many of her characters a wealthy Bostonian, was the author of ten novels, including Stella Dallas (1923), which became the basis for three films and a long-running radio serial. A graduate of Smith College, Prouty endowed a writer’s scholarship at Smith that was received by Sylvia Plath, who later portrayed her patron unflatteringly in The Bell Jar.Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of women’s writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; In a Lonely Place; Laura; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.
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Feminist Press dishes up two more volumes in its "Femme Fatales: Women Write Pulp" series. Released in 1957, the hardboiled Bunny Lake finds mother Blanche searching for her missing daughter, while Now, Voyager (1941) sees Charlotte Vale searching for romance--and finding it in the arms of a married man. Both novels spawned popular feature films. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558616332
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Series: Femmes Fatales Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 225,533
  • File size: 579 KB

Meet the Author

OLIVE HIGGINS PROUTY (1882-1974), like many of her characters a wealthy Bostonian, was the author of ten novels, including Stella Dallas (1923), which became the basis for three films and a long-running radio serial. Her life was characterized by a struggle to balance her writing, which she worried was "selfish," with the needs of her family and later her philanthropic work. A graduate of Smith College, Prouty endowed a writer's scholarship at Smith that was received by Sylvia Plath, who later portrayed her patron unflatteringly in The Bell Jar.
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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    This is whaT books should be-inspiring and uplifting! Watch the

    This is whaT books should be-inspiring and uplifting! Watch the main character turn into a butterfly! Charlotte goes from middle aged frump to independent sophisticated woman!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Retro Treat

    I bought this for my husband for Christmas because it is his favorite movie of all time. He read it within the first few days after the holiday and read several key sentences aloud while exclaiming that "the movie used the exact same wording!" If you are a fan of this or other similar Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia DeHaviland, Barbara Stanwyck films from the 40s, you will enjoy reading this book, but do realize up front that it is dated and unrealistic.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Navigating a Gem

    If you've ever been emotionally sucked into the Bette Davis gem "Now Voyager" here's the book for you. For once the original material remains intact due to the honesty of writer Olive Higgins Prouty. She pulled from her own emotional struggles, sharing them w/ the world, even if she could only reach out to a few to help. An unusual feat at that time, when propriety was a must. Die-hards will speculate whether or not they consummated at the car crash or on the balcony later, all over again. Enjoy this gem on a rainy day or a sandy, secluded beach---Bette would approve.

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    Posted August 16, 2009

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