Through a Glass Darkly

I bought and read this book when it was first published.

I’d have to trawl the attic rooms to ipad photo MY book…what I bought.

Morecambe & Wise quote.

The Play What I Wrote.

Never Mind.

Check this quote. Or the Bible.

Through a Glass Darkly is a 1986 historical fiction novel by American author Karleen Koen. A former magazine editor, Koen had never before written a novel and spent four years developing it while living as a housewife with her family. She sold the hardcover rights to Random House for $350,000, which was then a record for a new novelist. The circumstances behind the work’s publication led to Koen becoming the subject of much media attention in the late 1980s.

Koen’s story is set in the midst of the turbulent politics of the English and French aristocracy as well as the South Sea Bubble. The novel begins in 1715 England, when teenage protagonist Barbara Alderley becomes married to the handsome, older Earl Devane. Though in love with him, Barbara soon discovers a secret from his past that threatens to tear their relationship apart. Barbara must learn to navigate courtly intrigues and financial crises while experiencing personal tragedies.

Released on July 12, 1986 by Random House, Through a Glass Darkly landed on The New York Times Best Seller list. Critical reception was largely mixed, with reviewers focusing on the novel’s prose and attention to historical detail. It has been translated into more than ten languages.

This book (if you read it) committed the Worst Twisty BSFU Violation of THE F1RST Cardinal Rule of Writing aka Head-Swapping.

This means that FAKE writers will, within two sentences, write the thoughts of 3 different people.


Unless you write from the OMNISCIENT P.O.V wherein the author’s voice over-rides that of the characters.

Something I NEVER did.

Each section (apart from scene setting) was from the POV of just ONE character.

I learned both the Art & the Craft over decades.

For what it’s worth.

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