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The Darts of Cupid: Storiesby Edith Templeton
A finalist for the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
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When Edith Templetons stories began appearing in The New Yorker in the late 1950s, she quickly became a favorite of the magazines discerning readers. Her finely honed writing, honestly drawn heroines, and distinctive themes secured her reputation.
The Darts of Cupid collects seven of Templetons stories for the first time and reintroduces one of the truly great writers of the twentieth century. In settings ranging from a decrepit Bohemian castle between the wars to London during World War II to the Italian Riviera in the 1990s, the heroines of these stories often find themselves confronting unfathomable passsions and perplexing actions by others, but they seldom feel regret.
"In these splendid stories, Edith Templeton, at her cosmopolitan best, rivals our other Edith: she has Mrs. Wharton's cool stare that sees all round her characters while never refusing us the pleasure of an unanticipated surprise." Gore Vidal
"The Darts of Cupid" collects for the first time seven witty and intelligent short stories, most of which appeared in "The New Yorker." The women in these stories find themselves confronting unfathomable passions and perplexing actions by others, but they seldom feel regret.
About the Author
Edith Templeton was born in Prague in 1916, and spent much of her childhood in a castle in the Bohemian countryside. She was educated at a French lycée in Prague, and left that city in 1938 to marry an Englishman. During her years in Britain, she worked in the Office of the Chief Surgeon for the U.S. Army in Cheltenham, and then became a captain in the British Army, working as a high-level conference interpreter. Her short stories began to appear in The New Yorker in the fifties, and over the next several decades she published a number of novels, as well as a popular travel book, The Surprise of Cremona, in the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Templeton left England in 1956 to live in India with her second husband, a celebrated cardiologist. She has since lived in various parts of Europe, and now makes her home in Bordighera, on the coast of Italy.
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