E. M. Almedingen Margaret N. Coughlan - Essay

Margaret N. Coughlan

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Stephen's Light] fails as a compelling, engaging narrative. The late 15th Century, with its decadent church and rise of the burghers, provides the background for the story of Sabina, only child of a wealthy burgher…. Though the story is well written and the setting authentic, neither characters nor incidents are fully realized. There's no fire in the telling, and the book is, at best, a supplementary item for libraries needing more period fiction for girls. (p. 56)

Margaret N. Coughlan, in School Library Journal (reprinted from the December, 1969 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co. A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1969),...

(The entire section is 487 words.)