The Redemption of the Wicked

Thorp, Willard
April 1956
New Republic;4/30/56, Vol. 134 Issue 18, p21
The article focuses on the book "The Malefactors," by Caroline Gordon. Gordon's book is a complex story of a gilded marriage which is narrowly saved from tragedy. Tom Claiborne, a Southern-born poet, now at the dangerous age of forty-eight, has not written a line in years. His wealthy wife, Vera, keeps up their establishment in which Tom is the special show-piece. Other valuable objects are a Red Poll prize bull and an aging homosexual painter friend named Max who is the major domo of Vera's Europeanized farm in Bucks County. At a fete in honor of the bull the day is appropriately the feast of St. Eustace, who was burned to death in a bull of brass, Cousin Cynthia arrives. She has just left her stupid professorial husband and is determined to be a poet.


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