But I digress. It's a pleasure to be able to bring back CIRCLE OF SINNERS, which was both easy and enjoyable to write-and, I can but hope, to read. The model here was REIGEN, a very successful play of Arthur Schnitzler's, better known as LA RONDE, the title of the French-language film by Max Ophüls. The structure-a chain of affairs, which each character in turn hooking up with someone else, served as the model for at least three additional films, beginning with Roger Vadim's CIRCLE OF LOVE in 1964.
Well, Hal and I got there ahead of Vadim, though surely with less impact. I might add that one short novel of Schnitzler's, CASANOVA'S HOMECOMING, was on the shelves of my parents' library, and I had the great good fortune to read it at an impressionable age. (Come to think of it, I don't believe I ever had an age that wasn't impressionable. Never mind.) Schnitzler may have been more of an influence on my development as a writer than I've realized, and I suspect it would be interesting and enjoyable to read some more of his work.
But for now we've got CIRCLE OF SINNERS-complete, in this instance, with the original Nightstand cover. That's something, isn't it?
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