DRIFT (Fine Inscribed Copy of the Author's First Book in DJ)
by Hanley, James
London: Eric Partridge, 1930. Hanley, James. DRIFT. London: Eric Partridge, 1930. First Edition. Author's first book, one of only 500 copies printed. A bright Near Fine copy, tiny bit sunned at one tip, in a Near Fine original priced dust jacket (tiny chips to spine corners, spine a little darkened). PRESENTATION COPY and exceeding rare as such. On the half-title, Hanley has inscribed "With the Author's compliments/ James Hanley." Although born in Liverpool, he was of Irish descent and early critics saw much similarity between his "voice" and that of James Joyce. Hanley ran away to sea at 17, fought in WW1 with the Canadian Army, then decided on a career as a writer. DRIFT was rejected by nearly 40 publishing houses before finding a home but once published it was well received enough to launch his long and prolific life as a novelist, short story writer and playwright. James Hanley (1897-1985), died a "writer's writer" -- much admired but never achieving the fame he is said to have deserved. He was praised by William Faulkner, C. P. Snow, E. M. Forster, and more recently Anne Tyler, the list of his admirers is long. The first edition of DRIFT is rarely found in original dust jacket; further, this is the only inscribed copy of the first edition of which we are currently aware. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.
(Inventory #: 002112)
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