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Book Title: That Summer's Trance|
The author of the book: J.R. Salamanca
ISBN 13: 9781566491259
Edition: Welcome Rain Publishers
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
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Benedict Oakshaw is a gifted young American studying at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he distinguishes himself by the power and originality of his performances. During his days at the Academy he is captivated by a fellow student, an English girl named Jill who is brilliant, talented, and utterly defiant of convention. Their long, intense affair comes to an end when Ben meets Priscilla, an American girl who works at the American Embassy in London. They fall in love and marry. Returning to the States, Ben makes a futile attempt to gain a foothold on the American stage; abandoning the theater, he eventually becomes the enormously successful owner of a major ad agency in Washington, D.C.
Years later, Priscilla and Ben attend a play which Jill has written and in which she is performing at the Kennedy Center, and they go backstage to congratulate her. Priscilla, charmed by the playwright and completely unaware of her prior relationship with Ben, invites Jill and the British journalist who has become her constant companion to join Ben and herself on their annual summer vacation at their beach house on the Outer Banks.
What ensues is the summer trance of that vacation. A trance, Ben comes to realize, “which is haunted by the future as well as by the past. For the unborn are as implacable as the dead and the deserted, and on their spectral stages love is not given in vain, and no gift is spurned with impunity, and desire does not fail.”
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Read information about the authorJ.R. (Jack Richard) Salamanca was a Maryland-based novelist born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1922. Raised in Florida and Virginia, Salamanca served for three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London. For many years, he served as a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Maryland. Salamanca’s books, which have been published since the 1950s, probe the human condition by portraying unconventional relationships. Salamanca is best known for his 1961 bestseller Lilith.
Salamanca is the author of the novels The Lost Country (1958) Lilith (1961), A sea change (1969), Embarkation (1973) Southern Light (1986) and That Summer’s Trance (2000). Adaptations: The Lost Country was filmed as Wild in the country, Twentieth century-fox, 1961; The movie Lilith was directed by Robert Rossen for Columbia in 1964.
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