Cloudless May by Storm Jameson
New York : The MacMillan Company, 1944. First Printing. Stated. Hardcover. 512 pages ; 22 cm. $3.00 dust jacket with damp stain to jacket spine and minor rips and tears around the edges. Lean to spine. Light discoloration to front and rear endpapers. Minor fingerprint on the last page and the side pages edge. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
By STORM JAMESON
Author of "Then We Shall Hear Singing,'* "The Captain's Wife," etc.
A town in the Loire valley, glowing in the heat and splendor of that cloudless May of 1940. The German shadow, falling across France, reaches it on the day, June 19, when German troops enter the town. During the short weeks of suspense men and women reveal themselves hour by hour a little more clearly; the coverings of habit and convention arc peeled off as each, even without knowing it, strips for the last effort—to run away, to resist, to accept or to welcome defeat.
Here are the people of France, the Prefect and his ambitious mistress, the peasant-born Mayor, the "collaborationist" Deputy, the industrialist fearing certain of his countrymen more than the enemy, the bewildered, angry, or already corrupted young, the priests, the schoolmasters, the peasants, the soldiers— from the senile General and his fanatic Chief of Staff to the level-headed Colonel and his friend, the tank enthusiast. The greed, vanity, loyalty, treachery, fear, pride, passion of these people is France, drawn by a lover of France. The suspense reaches its climax with the last desperate battle of two tanks and a handful of gunners, the blowing up of the bridge, and the final surrender.
In this novel, Storm Jameson shows that it is possible to combine wit and precision in prose, with the energv of n Balzac.
MARGARET STORM JAMESON (Mrs. Guy Chapman in private life) was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, England. After taking honors in English at Leeds University, she was awarded a research scholarship to work on modern European drama at the British Museum in London.
Then she was for a time copy writer with a large publicity firm in London. Later she conducted a weekly magazine, wrote dramatic criticism, was a publisher, and became a novelist.
In 1938, Miss Jameson was elected President of the English P.E.N, (a club of poets, playwrights, editors, essayists, and novelists), succeeding John Galsworthy, H. G. WelL. I B. Priestley, and H. W. Nevinson. In this capacity she is ;il present "furiously busy with all the activities of foreign \vriters in England." She is also Chairman of the Society of Authors.
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