Edition: no ed. stated
Publisher: Boni and Liveright, New York
Date Published: 1927
Description: Good hardcover in a fair dust jacket. Dust Jacket chipped on edges. Former owner's stamp inside book, otherwise clean.
"With a fascination that comes out of her love and deep understanding of her subject, Mrs. Atherton tells the astonishing tale of Aspasia, who won independence and power at a time when the rest of the women of the ancient world were held in a dependence differing but little from the harem subjection of Oriental peoples. Especially is this the story of the love of Aspasia and Pericles. Perhaps this is the only instance in history when the greatest man and the greatest woman of an age found each other, and loved each other, and through that love were able to influence the course of history..."
Atherton, was an American Feminist and writer of social and historical fiction, much of it set in California. Although her reputation is founded primarily on her California fiction and essays, as well her biography of Alexander Hamilton, Atherton also produced a number of Gothic stories, some of them, such as The Bell in the Fog, were considered significant achievements in the Gothic/supernaturalist tradition. The story begins: Axiochus of Miletus was dead and in the dark hour before dawn the doors of his house were thrown open, the flute boy gave signal, the professional dirge-singers raised their voices in lamentation and issued into the street beating their breasts. The male relatives and friends followed, immediately preceding the body on its couch borne by slaves.