Rogers, Agnes, 1893-
Women are here to stay; the durable sex in its infinite variety through half a century of American life.
New York: Harper, [1949]
p. 40

PRIESTESSES OF PASSION

 
Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, a thumping success and big best seller of 1883, was bad poetry by any standards.  One reviewer said that the book had more passion in the title than anywhere else and that it "could not disturb the morals of a lady-bug."  The author is shown here twice: as a young lady between the parted portieres, and in later years with a fine cat sharing her desk.  But if Poems of Passion belied its name, Elinor Glyn's Three Weeks gave the purchasers their money's worth of sex.  (Evidently the readers' boiling point was considerably lower in 1907 than it is today.)  This tale of a three-weeks' illicit honeymoon (largely spent on a tiger-skin rug) of a queen and an Adonis of an Englishman was a runaway best seller and a storm center of controversy.  The Baltimore Sun declared it to be "an example of the most brilliant twentieth century fiction."  The St. Paul Pioneer Press considered it "fit only for the garbage pail."  Mrs. Glyn is shown above at the left.

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