Boston: Little, Brown and Company. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. 1934. "New Edition". Hardcover. [minor wear to cloth at base of spine, otherwise very nice; jacket has a tiny chip at top of spine (just barely affecting the "n" in "Men"), light soiling to rear panel]. The first of the "Maudie" books, featuring then-16-year-old Maudie Mason, "the perfect sub-deb of the 1930s." ("Sub-deb," in case you're wondering, is a slangy abbreviation for "sub-debutante," i.e. a girl in her mid-teens who is approaching her debut into society -- not quite but oh-so-close, you might say.) Originally published in 1932, it was such a hit that the publisher issued this "New Edition," in uniform with the second book in the series, "Stag Line," published in 1934, and incorporating one story ("Return Engagement") that wasn't in the 1932 edition. Two more books would follow, "Heart Specialist" (1935) and "First Love, Farewell" (1940), and soon thereafter a radio adaptation went on the air, although it lasted barely a year, from August 1941 through September 1942. The Lorimers, a husband-and-wife writing team who had both come from Main Line Philadelphia families, had introduced Maudie and her sub-debby exploits in the pages of the Ladies' Home Journal. Irving Nurick, who did the jackets for the book series, had also illustrated the magazine stories and had a long and successful career depicting pretty young things like Maudie. [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 #: 22145)
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