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ID
b235
Title
"The Queen of Spain Fritillary."
Genre
Novella
Page Count
45
Word Count
10050
Publisher
Argosy
Publication Year
1956
Document Types
Radio Dramatizations
First-Person Narratives
Topics
Old Age, Youthful Romance

A reminiscence by a middle-aged woman, of a summer flirtation she carried on with an old man when she was seventeen. Bates portrays the pastoral setting of their romance, and the selfishness, foolishness, and thoughtlessness that characterized it. In Argosy (September 1956), Death of a Huntsman/Summer in Salander(1957), The Grapes of Paradise (1974), The Poison Ladies and Other Stories (1976). Reprinted in the Argosy Bedside Book (1965). The novella was dramatized for BBC Radio by Gregory Evans in 1986 (free signup required to listen).