New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Good. 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [front hinge cracked, moderate external wear, gilt lettering still fully readable on front cover but almost completely rubbed away on spine, minor staining to top edge of text block, one-time owner's signature on ffep and again (with address) on verso of frontispiece]. (B&W frontispiece + 1 B&W plate) Seven tales of journalistic life, with titles like "The New Reporter," "The City Editor's Conscience" and "The Cub Reporter and the King of Spain." An early work by this Illinois-born author and playwright, who later became the first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1918 play "Why Marry?" But never mind all that, because this book is only listed here as a test for you (yes, you) -- the best kind of test, because I'm going to tell you the answer. Here's the deal: this book is widely available on that Internet thing, from vendors on multiple continents, in either POD (print-on-demand) or EBOOK (PDF) format. at prices ranging (for no discernible or sensible reason) from about $8 to about $60. As of this writing, there are more than 80 such listings for this title on just one bookselling site -- so if ALL YOU WANT is to read the damn thing, and if you will be content with a brand-spanking-new, generically-covered, cheesy-looking paperback, printed JUST FOR YOU by some robot, then by all means buy one of those. But if it's THE ACTUAL BOOK you want, the real, printed-and-bound in 1899 deal -- and that IS the answer to our test -- then here it is, accompanied by my personal guarantee that you'll feel so much better (about yourself) for having made that choice. . (Inventory #: 23468)
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