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Kennedy, William | Flaming Corsage, The | Signed First Edition Copy
Flaming Corsage, The | Kennedy, William | Signed First Edition Book

THE FLAMING CORSAGE by William Kennedy

First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author. This is a collectible book free from material defects. Jacket covering services are available for a small fee. 1996 NY: Viking ISBN 9780060514938
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Viking: NY 1996 First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dustjacket, signed by author.

The Flaming Corsage opens in a Manhattan hotel room, two women and a man present. Into the room bursts a second man, who transforms the scene into what the tabloids come to call "The Love Nest Killings of 1908." The mystery of that carnage will not come fully unraveled until destiny enwraps the novel's principal and most memorable characters, Katrina Taylor and Edward Daugherty. He is a first-generation Irish American who will break out beyond Albany as a playwright. She is a high-born Protestant, a beautiful and seductive woman with complex attitudes towards life. Theirs is a passionate attachment from the first, simple and unrestrained on Edward's part, more indecisive for Katrina, who, remembering her poet Baudelaire, regards love as apposite to death, "the divine elixir that gives us the heart to follow the endless night." But when the great stalker strikes close to her family in the central event of the novel, a cataclysmic hotel fire, the marriage changes into something else altogether. With virtuosic skill, Kennedy moves The Flaming Corsage back and forward in time from 1884 to 1912, following the fates of Katrina and Edward as other lives impact upon theirs. These others range from their socially opposed families to Katrina's lover, Francis Phelan Edward's flirtatious actress paramour, Melissa Spencer the rashly extroverted physician Giles Fitzroy and his wife, Felicity and Edward's unnerving friend, the cynical journalist Thomas Maginn.

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