Cynthia Propper Seton Helen Yglesias - Essay

Helen Yglesias

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

During the violent spring of 1968, Celia Dupont [protagonist of "A Glorious Third"], having reached the 45th year of her life, finds herself at that celebrated point at which all educated middle-class women arrive sooner or later. She is questioning the direction, the value and the meaning of her achievement. Mother of five daughters, wife of Philip, the editor of a liberal political weekly, Celia wants to go forth from the bastion of her ancestral mansion in the Bronx, where she has held happy dominion over family life, to make the last third of her life "a glorious third."…

But how to go about it? In the midst of student strikes and seizures, the war in Vietnam, assassinations, sexual revolution...

(The entire section is 684 words.)