A Spirit in Prison

A Spirit in Prison

by Robert Hichens


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She laughed gently, standing quite still. Her dress and her gloves were white, but she had on a small black hat, very French, and at the back of her hair there was a broad black ribbon tied in a big bow. This ribbon marked her exact age clearly, he thought.
"This is a new frock, and my very smartest," she said; "and you dared to abuse Paris!"
"Being a man. I must retract now. You are right, we cannot do without it. But-have you an umbrella?"
"An umbrella?"
She moved and laughed again, much more gayly.
"I am serious. Come here and look at Ischia."
She went with him quickly to the window.
"That blackness does look wicked. But it's a long way off."
-from Chapter XII

One of the most popular fiction writers of the early 20th century, Robert Hichens was beloved for the enchanting romance of his prose.

In this 1907 novel, he graces us with a tale of heartache and heartbreak in sunny Naples, wrapping the yearning desires of men and women in the breathless beauty of the Italian seaside.

Distinctly modern while also charmingly nostalgic, this transporting novel continues to thrill readers today.

Also available from Cosimo Classics: Hichens' The Spell of Egypt

OF INTEREST TO: readers of early-20th-century fiction, fans of romance novels, armchair travelers

British novelist ROBERT SMYTHE HICHENS (1864-1950) also wrote The Garden of Allah, The Lady Who Lied, and The Paradine Case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781983528958
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/04/2018
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Smythe Hichens, 1864-1950, was an English novelist, journalist, short story writer, poet, dramatist, lyricist, music critic, screenwriter, and playwright. He wrote more than forty novels during the span of his career, the most noteworthy being The Green Carnation, for which he gained notoriety, The Garden of Allah, which was his most popular, and A Spirit in Prison, which won critical praise for its psychological insights and vivid pictures of local color. Hichens was born in Speldhurst, Kent, the eldest son of a rector in Canterbury. Hichens attended Clifton College in Briston, the Royal College of Music, and the London School of Journalism. Hichens was gay and never married. Being a lifelong bachelor left him free to pursue his great love, traveling, and to produce such an astonishing number of books. In his later years, he settled outside of England, living primarily in Switzerland and along the French Riviera. A Spirit in Prison is his finest work. "Somewhere, not far off on the still sea that held the tiny islet in a warm embrace, a boy's voice was singing 'Napoli Bella'..."

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