The Darts of Cupid : And Other Stories
In The Darts of Cupid, Edith Templeton, now eighty-seven, gives us a sweeping and intimate expose of her century, and of the lives of women caught in the historic and personal contingencies it engendered. The unforgettable title story was celebrated upon its original publication in The New Yorker for its explicit portrayal of the relationship between a young British woman and her American superior in a provincial war office during World War II - a love affair that lasted only two nights but changed the narrator's life forever, and is still haunting today. Other stories take us from the tumbledown glamour of a Bohemian castle between the wars to an apartment on the coast of Italy in the 1990s, where a rich widow's decision to sell her husband's prized silver becomes a bewitching tale of longing.Whatever the period, Templeton addresses the truth about female passion with a forthright gaze that is rare for any age.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 128 x 196 x 20mm | 220g
- 26 May 2005
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Edith Templeton
Edith Templeton was born in Prague in 1916. She was educated at the French lycee in Prague and left the city in 1938 to marry an Englishman. Her short stories began to appear in The New Yorker in the 1950s.Over the next several decades she published a number of novels as well as a popular travel book, The Surprise of Cremona. Edith Templeton left England in 1956 to live in India with her second husband, a noted cardiologist and the physician to the king of Nepal. Gordon first appeared in 1966 under a pseudonym and was subsequently banned in England and Germany, and was then pirated around the world. The author has lived in various parts of Europe and now makes her home in Bordighera, on the coast of Italy.