Thirty years ago, ecstasy and torment took hold of John Rivers, shocking him out of “half-baked imbecility into something more nearly resembling the human form.” He had an affair with the wife of his mentor, Henry Maartens—a pathbreaking physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize, and a figure of blinding brilliance—bringing the couple to ruin. Now, on Christmas Eve while a small grandson sleeps upstairs, John Rivers is moved to set the record straight about the great man and the radiant, elemental creature he married, who viewed the renowned genius through undazzled eyes.
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As told in retrospect by John Rivers, this stormy idyll of his youth returns to the period spent in the household of Henry Maartens, a sick genius, and Katy the wife of half his years, revives the sequence of events in which he was a by no means innocent spectator.Aug 24 1955 | Read Full Review of The Genius and the Goddess: A...
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