Cruel Banquet: The Life and Loves of Frida Strindberg.
by [Paris in the 20's] Strauss, Monica J.
First Printing. A Fine copy in a Fine unclipped dj. At age 20, Frida Uhl (1872-1943) became the second wife of the 43-year-old Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The marriage lasted just two years. Very intelligent and inclined to rebel against the strictures of her upper-middle-class Viennese parents, she was a poor fit for one of the most misogynistic of all writers. Before the divorce was final, she had borne a son with German playwright Franz Wedekind; among other numerous lovers was English painter Augustus John. Although Strauss, a cultural journalist, ultimately fails to convince us that Strindberg's life, beyond her liaisons with famous artistic men, requires full-length biographical treatment, she does provide a fascinating cultural history. On the one hand, Strindberg's is the not uncommon tragedy of the fin-de-si cle liberated woman discovering that even bohemian men often abused independent-minded, sexually liberated women. On the other, her attraction to emotionally abusive men seems almost willful, her virtual abandonment of her two children irresponsible, and her lectures on and 1935 memoir of August Strindberg delusional and self-serving. Strauss has combed several European archives and writes clearly, and her book belongs in most collections of 19th-century German culture and literature, Strindberg, and women's biography. From the Library Journal.
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
Book Id: 23698