The Royal Road to Romance

Richard Halliburton (1900–1939)
The Royal Road to Romance
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1925

I was probably about twelve when I fell in love with the books of Richard Halliburton. It may have been that, at first, I thought “romance” (from The Royal Road to Romance) had quite a different meaning. But when I found it was about ADVENTURE, I couldn’t get enough of it. I now know the accounts may not have stuck exactly to the truth—and it may be that his feats of daring were partly to compensate for the fact that he had to hide the fact that he was gay—but those books probably colored much of the rest of my life as a playwright—living life vicariously through the lives of my characters.

Ruth Wolff (member)
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