The Good Girl by Vincent O'Sullivan

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Vincent O’Sullivan (1868-1940) was born into a prosperous Irish American family in New York and moved to London as a child.

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Vincent spent much of his life in the demi-monde world that is the setting of The Good Girl. While in Paris he was friends with Oscar Wilde, Leonard Smithers, Aubrey Beardsley and other fin-de-siècle personalities.

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The Good Girl was first published in 1912 to a mixed reception. Some newspapers described it as “revolting”, “unclean” and “ugly and depressing”. Many authors of the time thought it distinctive and a work of genius.

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The writer Robert Aickman wrote of O’Sullivan that: “The curious should try to find a copy of his novel, The Good Girl. The quest is difficult, but the product distinctive … having lived a longish life as a more or less well-to-do rentier, in latish middle age found himself ruined, wrote his last book under terrible conditions, and, dying in Paris, ended anonymously in the common pit for the cadavers of paupers.”

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A contemporary review of the book by the New York Times is included for historical interest.

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Reviews for The Good Girl:

"It is not too much to say that The Good Girl is one of the top twenty best books by living American novelists"—New York Evening Post

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"Its exceptional interest and quality are hereby commended to lovers of good fiction"—Life

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Paperback, 9.2 inches × 6.1 inches; 234mm × 156mm; 250 pages

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