Fighting the Current: The Life Work of Evelyn Scott by Mary Wheeling White

By Mary Wheeling White

All yet forgotten by the point of her loss of life, Evelyn Scott (1893-1963) used to be some of the most energetic, inventive minds one of the American modernists. She is healthier identified for her autobiography ESCAPADE (1923), a stunning first novel, THE slender condominium (1921), and an acclaimed Civil warfare booklet, THE WAVE (1929). right here Mary Wheeling White supplies Scott's existence and writing the popularity they deserve. eight images.

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Scott also suffered from mental illness. Beginning with her stormy adolescence, she experienced chronic bouts of major Page 4 depression. Doomed love affairs, alcohol and drug use, several suicide attempts, and other patterns of destructive behavior suggest that a personality disorder may have made her life an emotional roller coaster, a ride that finally ended on a long, downward slide. Despite her physical and emotional problems, Scott dung to her ideals. Foremost was her firm belief that her writing was important in both its subject and its style.

Three years later, following the publication of Scott's 1934 novel, Breathe Upon These Slain, Dorothy Van Doren declared, ''I think it is not too much to say that in 'Breathe Upon These Slain' Miss Scott has done in prose what T. S. " The praise continued even until the close of her career.  . "1 The historical record clearly shows that Scott, throughout her career, had the attention and esteem of her fellow critics and authors. 1. Sinclair Lewis, Review of The Narrow House, in New York Times Book Review and Magazine, March 13, 1921, p.

Childbirth and ensuing medical complications sapped her strength and mobility for most of her adult life. Her troubles encompassed her entire body; from head to toe, almost anything that could go wrong did, from chronic eyestrain to a broken foot. As an adult, she had surgery for various reasons at least six times. Scott also suffered from mental illness. Beginning with her stormy adolescence, she experienced chronic bouts of major Page 4 depression. Doomed love affairs, alcohol and drug use, several suicide attempts, and other patterns of destructive behavior suggest that a personality disorder may have made her life an emotional roller coaster, a ride that finally ended on a long, downward slide.

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