Sweet Narcissus Book Summary and Study Guide

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Winston Marlowe Sherman is a professor of English. He is also secretly the author of a very successful series of mysteries under the pen name of Henrietta Slocum. Thirty years ago, Winston attended a party honoring Dylan Thomas. During this party, an original folio copy of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi was stolen. Now the manuscript has reappeared, and it has brought danger to the people whom Winston loves the most. He must, for the first time in his life, solve a real crime and he finds it much harder than writing about imaginary ones.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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