(#172330) THE STAR CHILD ... In One Volume. Winifred Graham, Matilda, Muriel.

THE STAR CHILD ... In One Volume. London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1898. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-3] 4-331 [332: blank], publisher's decorated flexible red cloth, front and spine panels printed in black. First edition (remainder binding?). "When their mother suddenly dies, Heinrich and Fritz, young twins, come to live with Wilhelmina Boardman, their aunt, and her husband Strickland, an unsuccessful composer. Wilhelmina finds herself strangely repelled by both boys; she believes Heinrich, who seems to live in a dream world, is suffering from madness, and that Fritz is a dullard beyond redemption. When Strickland discovers that Heinrich is a musical prodigy, he and Wilhelmina isolate the boy from the world, refusing to let him learn to read and write, keeping him locked in a room where he writes compositions that Strickland passes off for his own. Fritz is taken away by the kindly Dr. Kinglsey who nurtures and educates him over the next fourteen years as Strickland continues to exploit Heinrich's talent, growing immensely rich and famous. Eventually, Fritz learns of Heinrich's dire situation and how his brother's isolation may literally be driving him insane. While THE STAR CHILD is not exactly a shilling shocker, it does have clear elements of Gothic and sensationalistic fiction" (Boyd White). Gift inscription in pencil on the front free endpaper. Cover worn at fore-edge corners, some early leaves dog-eared or rounded at fore-edge corners, a sound, good copy. (#172330).

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