March 15, 1987 |
First published in 1905, "The House of Mirth" was Edith Wharton's 10th novel and brought her immediate success. More than 140,000 copies were printed within the first few months. The novel reflects the artificial social world in which Wharton lived. It's quite a challenge to abridge a 350-page novel into three hours of listening time. The choices of what to leave out are not easy, but Sue Dawson has abridged well.
August 4, 1986 |
The Jewel Ball, just like caviar and other innocent but alluring vices, is a habit that is hard to kick. A guest at Saturday's "Vintage," the 40th annual edition of this zesty excursion beyond the fringes of everyday life, called the Jewel Ball a "gorgeous fantasy." And she was right, but had she called it a state of mind, she would have been equally correct.
January 26, 1986 |
France is agog over a new murder mystery--a tale of intrigue in high society that features the premier's best friend as the victim and the nation's most celebrated woman jockey as the ambitious and estranged wife of the dead man. The saga is a godsend to newspaper editors already bored with the somewhat sluggish campaign for nationwide elections in March. Every day seems to produce an intriguing new detail about the beautiful people caught up in a plot worthy of an Inspector Maigret novel.
August 5, 1985
The district court in Phoenix ruled in favor of Carlin Communications, publisher of High Society magazine, in its bid to reinstate its sexually suggestive telephone service, which the telephone company, Mountain Bell, said it plans to appeal. Judge Charles Hardy said Mountain Bell's termination of the service in Phoenix violated the constitutional right of free speech of High Society and its calling customers.