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Author Name:    MacNEIL, Robert.

Title:   Burden of Desire. First Edition, Uncorrected Proof

Publisher:    Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, New York, 1992, ISBN:0385420196 

Seller ID:   113399

MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, (March 1992). First Edition. Uncorrected Proof. Pp. (12), [3]-466, (4). 8vo, white cardcovers. MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at the time of the Halifax Explosion. With printed label on front cover : "Published by Doubleday Canada / Publication Date: March 7, 1992 / Price $28.00" which is affixed over text for the American release: "Tentative Publication: June 1992 / Price $22.50". In his first novel, Robert MacNeil, the distinguished co-anchor of PBS's 'MacNeil / Lehrer NewsHour," author of Wordstruck and co-author of The Story of English, reopens the wounds of history to trace three lives caught in the whirlwind of World War I. The setting is Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose inhabitants are introduced first-hand to the horror of the war when a freighter ship carrying TNT explodes in the harbor, leveling an entire district. In the wake of this disaster, Peter Wentworth, a young ministerwho typefies the cautiousness and propriety of upper-class Halifax, finds, misplaced amid clothes donated by the blast, a diary containing the sexual ly frank confessions of a young woman. Peter is shocked, intrigued, and finaly obsessed by what he has read. In an attempt to identify the woman and return the diary, Peter shows it to a friend from childhood, Stewart MacPherson, a psychologist acquainted with the revolutionary theories of Freud. Stewart, too, falls under the woman's spell." - from the dustjacket. Light wear to covers, light edge creasing to covers, else very good. 50.00


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