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“There was a ball in the old Pentland house because for the first time in nearly forty years there was a young girl in the family to be introduced to the polite world of Boston and to the elect who had been asked to come on from New York and Philadelphia.”
So begins Louis Bromfield’s Early Autumn, the 1927 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. A bit uninspired, no? It is, at least, not a very engaging or intriguing way to begin. And…