An embattled young doctor, an angry and divided Pennsylvania town, a turn-of-the-century national scandal--out of these turbulent elements Taylor Caldwell crafted a major novel, a massively detailed chronicle of love, death, redemption, and the rise of modern medicine. First published in 1968, it spent ten months on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a highly praised and fondly remembered 1977 miniseries.
Testimony of Two Men tells the story of Jonathan Ferrier, a brilliant physician hounded by his tragic past and threatened present. The capricious healer of Hambledon, Dr. Ferrier remains an enigma to all. Even a sympathetic young outsider--Dr. Robert Morgan, fresh from Johns Hopkins--is hard pressed to separate the facts from the lies. But everyone knows that Ferrier’s wife--a girlish and near-legendary beauty named Mavis--died in grisly circumstances.
In unraveling Ferrier’s terrible secret, Caldwell brings into play an astonishing range of characters: the lusty, laughing, almost demoniac Mavis, whose memory haunts her husband; Dr. Ferrier’s gentle and indomitable mother, the grande dame of Hambledon; likeable but corrupt brother Harald and silent and brooding “niece” Jenny; and the powerful politicians who plot to destroy the despised doctor. To these men and women, Taylor Caldwell brings compassionate yet cynical observations that culminate in her most accomplished and memorable work of fiction.
|Publisher:||Chicago Review Press, Incorporated|
|Series:||Rediscovered Classics Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.44(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Taylor Caldwell (1900~1985) was one of the most popular American writers of her era. Her best-known works include Dear and Glorious Physician and Captains and the Kings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It has been years since I read this, but it was one of the best books I have ever read.
I have read two novels by Taylor Caldwell and am very impressed by her insight into the nature of human beings and how she incorporates her innate knowledge into her novels. This novel is by far her greatest, in my opinion, and is a must-have.