MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS SIX MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STORIES
by Garland, Hamlin
Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1891. Gray cloth, spine stamped in silver. Minor rubbing at tips, usual slight tanning to text block, a few hand smudges to cloth; a very good copy. First edition, clothbound issue, preferred state of the sheets measuring approx. 5/8". The author's second book, preceded by a pamphlet play published the previous year. Ostensibly the majority of the edition was bound in wrappers, though such copies seem in the minority a century plus later - the early notion that only a few copies were bound in cloth "for the author's use" has been pretty well demonstrated to be in error. "In these tales of the middle border, the fertile prairie was no longer glamorous, life on the farm was a drab treadmill existence, and the mortgage-lender became the symbol of capitalist exploitation. Romance and humor were swept away, and the artist brooded bitterly over social injustice. These were the seeds of the modern proletarian novels" - Grolier Hundred. GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED 95. MERLE JOHNSON HIGHSPOT, p.35. WRIGHT III:2115. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76434)
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