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Parodic Verses

These essays were inspired by Florence King reading the work of certain lady novelists. It is reprinted now to mark her recent passing.

Upper Crust

After more than two centuries as one of New York’s founding clans, the Roosevelts discovered that their family tree had so many branches that a woman could marry within the ...

Clare in Bloom

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. In 1997, I reviewed the first volume of Sylvia Jukes Morris’s gargantuan biography of Clare Boothe Luce, Rage ...