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It Walks in Beauty

With Introduction and Foreword by Josh Lukin.

“I can’t remember the last time I have seen fiction, especially science fiction, put so richly in context. It Walks in Beauty introduces us to a remarkable man, gives us insight into the American science fiction community of the 1940s and ’50s, and reminds us how much damage the McCarthy era of red hunts did to ordinary human lives and to American civilization. Among the stories, I especially like ‘The Names of Yanils,’ a thoughtful consideration of the relation of people to tradition, and ‘It Walks in Beauty,’ an utterly creepy and true description of sex roles in ’50s America. I was there. I remember those sex roles, just as I remember the red hunts. We have not recovered yet. Nor will we recover until the ideas and integrity of people like Chandler Davis are incorporated into our history and culture.”
— Eleanor Arnason, author of Ring of Swords and A Woman of the Iron People

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