Adversary in the House: A Biographical Novel of Eugene V. Debs

By Irving Stone

81 ratings - 4.04* vote

The book Stone considered his best, but most neglected, is a biographical novel based on the life of Eugene V. Debs & his wife Kate, who was opposed to socialism.[1]1. Kate Debs seemed to have been so hostile to Debs's socialist activities--it threatened her sense of middle-class respectability--that novelist Irving Stone was led to call her, in the title of his fictional The book Stone considered his best, but most neglected, is a biographical novel based on the life of Eugene V.

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Book details

Paperback, 416 pages
July 1st 1969 by Signet/New American Library (NY)

(first published 1947)

Original Title
Adversary in the House: A Biographical Novel of Eugene V. Debs
ISBN
0451111656 (ISBN13: 9780451111654)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Liz

Learned a lot about the labor and socialist movement in the US from this book. Debs was a remarkable man who gave his whole life and suffered much for his beliefs. Unfortunately, he married the wrong woman. She never supported his work.

Rod

I enjoyed learning about Eugene Debs in the midst of a good novel that reminded me a bit of the Steinbeck of In Dubious Battle. Debs' life and his tireless promotion of worker rights and...horrors!...socialism held great resonance for me in this time and place.

Lisa

I can't read historical fiction without wondering how accurate the portrayal is, which often leads me to avoid historical fiction. However, Irving Stone is a wonderful storyteller, so fact or fiction, his novels are a treat. The 'adversary' of the title refers to Debs' wife, Kate; whom he never should have married. Tragic. Still, it is remarkable how their marriage endured.

A valuable read for its mentions of Debs' own reading lists over his lifetime.

Nat Bond

Irving Stone was the best historical novelist I have read

Daniel Gasperut

Super not accurate but entertaining. I like these stone history books even if they are kind of trashy. Ouch if you're Kate Debs, Daniel De Leon, a current ML, Geroge Pullman or even Samuel Gompers.

Usha

This is myfavoritebook

Matthew

Loved it! I want to believe it's all true, but I know it's not. I want to believe all the prisoners ran to the windows so they could cheer "Debs!" as he left the prison in 1921, but I can't. Nevertheless, I loved it.

Timothy Kerrigan

Not very accurate historically, but VERY entertaining.

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