London and New York: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1898. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo, 98 pp., plus 12 pages of publisher's ads, original pictorial cloth binding, with striking front cover illustration in the Belle Epoque style. Some wear and rubbing to covers, corners bumped, small nick at top of spine, otherwise very good, a clean copy.The British novelist, Arnold Bennett's first non-fiction book, appearing just days after his first novel, ""A Man From The North."" Written ten years after ""Nellie Bly"" paved the way for American women journalists by breaking the fictional record of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg, with a trip around the world in 72 days, and faking insanity to write an ""insider's"" expose of life in a New York Lunatic Asylum, this book offered only slight encouragement to young ladies aspiring to similar success - perhaps because it was written by an English male, albeit one who was about to find literary fame of his own. Identified on the title-page only as editor of a woman's magazine, this was the future author of ""Old Wives' Tale."" (Inventory #: 030116)
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