Devoted Ladies by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane)

Devoted Ladies by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane). 1984 Virago Modern Classics (c/r 1934), 303 pages.  According to her obituary in the Independent: 

"Molly Keane had an unusual place in contemporary literature, in writing very good plays and novels under two entirely separate identities at different times of her life. She was a leading playwright in the 1930s ... and she was an interesting novelist. But all the time she wrote under the pseudonym of "M.J. Farrell" and few outside her close circle knew who she really was. Then personal tragedy intervened, she stopped writing and it was many years until, in 1981, the novel Good Behaviour was published under her own name, caused a sensation and just missed the Booker Prize. She became a celebrity both in Britain and in her home- country, Ireland." Devoted Ladies was her fifth novel and one of her funniest.

Condition: Good used copy

"It was two years now since Sylvester had ceased to be a very poor young man, but he had not yet quite lost the habit."

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