NARCISSA and Other Fables.
Edition: First printing.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of thirteen short stories which offer a "penetrating glimpse into the ethical malaise" of our time. The title story, about a wealthy muralist and patroness of the arts who poses in the nude for a fellow artist who then blackmails her, could be updated for the internet age, where images all to frequently come back to haunt people. Other stories focus on manipulation - "a socially prominent family conspires to entrap a girl into a 'front' marriage with their homosexual son and heir" - and corruption - "a federal judge sells his opinions to the highest bidder with a recklessness that seems, almost suicidally, to invite detection." 213 pp. ISBN: 0-395331145.
Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (rubbing and minor edgewear to dj)