New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [book is clean and minimally shelfworn, slightly bumped at top of spine, a bit of offsetting at endpapers; jacket lightly browned at spine and along edges, tiny tears and very minor paper loss at a few corners]. Very scarce first novel by this poet/novelist, who later served as editor in chief of the New York office of the Federal Writers Project and as a staff writer for The New Yorker. "This is an undiluted love story in which the young man's clean and savage quest of the girl stands sharp and clear above its setting without the complications of family or concern for the future to obscure its poignancy. It reveals the emotion of first love, felt with the sensitiveness and beauty which can never come again; love isolated from the world as few novelists have been able to isolate it. The novel is told in three sections representing the power of the dramatic struggle between the girl who is still afraid of life and refuses to answer to its call and the youth who wishes to fling himself to any fate in the pursuit of beauty." His subsequent novel, "Caleb Catlum's America," is often cited as an influence on Robert Heinlein; his best-known book is probably "I Am Thinking of My Darling" (1943), which was filmed in 1968 as WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT FEELING GOOD? [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused in full at our website. (Not everything in that catalog is listed on whatever site you're seeing this.)] . (Inventory #: 19339)
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