Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager


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Now, Voyager by Olive Higgins Prouty

“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. Dowdy, repressed, and pushing forty, Charlotte finds salvation in the unlikely form of a nervous breakdown, placing her at a sanitarium, where she undergoes treatment to rebuild her ravaged self-esteem and uncover her true intelligence and charm.

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; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; Laura; The Man Who Loved His Wife; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Return to Lesbos; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Stella Dallas; Women's Barracks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558614765
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Femmes Fatales Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 622,192
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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. 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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Now, Voyager 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mishawaka-bookie More than 1 year ago
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.
keanuboy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite movies. The movie and the book have the same dialogue. I could hear Bette Davis saying the words. What I found so interesting was that the author portrayed Charlotte as a progressive woman. She didn't marry and became very independent. Very unusual for that time period. I know the book could be considered dated but it would be interesting for a book club discussion.