ASYLUM. New York: Random House, . Octavo, two-part boards. First U.S. edition. "Stella Raphael, wife of the deputy superintendent of an asylum in rural England, runs off with Edgar Stark, an escaped patient who has been imprisoned for the brutal murder and mutilation of his wife. Stella's return in police custody precipitates a psychological breakdown … and ultimately her incarceration in the very institution her husband once managed … A Poesque tale of monomania whose narrator--a colleague of Stella's husband who looks forward to 'stripping away her defenses and opening her up [to] see what that psyche really looks like'--reveals a pathological streak as disturbing as his patient's." - Stefan Dziemianowicz in Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-274. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#164458).
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