The Rosary: by Florence L. Barclay, new Introduction by Sharon Rich, comments by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
© 2005 by Sharon Rich. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Bell Harbour Press
Binding: Trade Paper
290 pages Description:
A runaway best seller in 1910, forgotten by 1930, Florence L. Barclay’s novel The Rosary was re-discovered by Nelson Eddy in 1948 as a possible film vehicle for himself and Jeanette MacDonald. In contemporary letters, we learn that Nelson had read the book in his youth, then gave it as a gift to Jeanette at the height of their romance. A new introduction by Sharon Rich explains their attempts to make a film version in the late 1940s and the ironic similarities to the main characters of the novel. “The story is so like the course of our own lives it was amazing.” wrote Jeanette to Nelson in a 1948 letter. “It is such a beautiful story.” The Jane Eyre-like story would have made a fabulous film comeback for them; now you can read it for yourself and see why! Includes comments from MacDonald and Eddy, rare photos, plus a detailed history of the original novel and its author.
“Too bad they didn’t make a movie of this one. It was so similar to their own lives. Beautiful & loving story. ”
“What a wonderful book. The forward of letters written by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy prove what a great love they had for each other. Thank you, Sharon, for this introduction. This book mimics their lives, the mistakes the passionate times, and the everlasting love of two wonderful people, who both died too early.”
“The Rosary is from a very different world to the one we know now. It is a well written, gentle book that sucks the reader in until the very last page. It would have made an ideal vehicle for a Mac/Eddy film as Nelson Eddy originally planned. The forward by Sharon Rich with comments by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy add poignancy to the story as it was so close to their own. Highly recommended.”