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The Fair Rewards

by Thomas Beer

"The Fair Rewards" by Thomas Beer is a really distiguished novel. The writing is far above the average: it has style and sophistication and personality, intermingled with a truly vivid show of imagination. It even borders on brilliancy, but it is a hard, cold, cynical sort of brilliancy that chills. It almost hurts . . . The title itself is indicative of cynicism. It is derived from Shakespeare's quotation, "These be the fair rewards of those that love," and it is an ironical reference, for Mark Walling, the blind, simple, loving idolater, in return for his great and unselfish devotion to Margot, reaps selfishness and ingratitude and lack of consideration. Hand in hand with the progress of Mark from country yokel to a stage producer goes the history of the American theatre. Intermingled with the imaginary characters are Clyde Fitch, Anna Held, Mr. Frohman and several other flesh-and-blood personages that strengthen the realism.

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Language

English

Original Language

English

Published In

1922

Author

Thomas Beer

United States

Thomas Beer was an American biographer, novelist, essayist, satirist, and author of short fiction. Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Beer graduated from Yale University in 1911 and studied law at Columbia...

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