The Gorgeous Isle [ALCOHOLISM FICTION]. Garden City, New York: Garden City Publishing Co, 1925.
Early Reprint. Rare novel dealing with art and alcoholism. A contemporary review in The Forum states: "The Gorgeous Isle, which is Gertrude Atherton's sole contribution to this year's fiction. The familiar situation is this: a certain man has been steadily drinking himself to death. A certain woman loves him well enough to run the risk of marrying him on the chance of bringing about a reformation. They are married; he keeps his word and his health is re-established. But it happens that this man is a poet, who is able to give the world immortal verse, provided he continues the use of alcohol. The choice lies between a long life of stagnation and a few brief years of meteoric glory. Has the woman the right to rob the world of great literature for the sake of one man's physical welfare? Mrs. Atherton's solution at least opens up some interesting discussions." Near Fine in Very Good Plus dustjacket, tiny nicks to flap corners and spine ends, few short closed tears.