1918 · New York
by Worth, Patience; Yost, Casper [Editor]; Curran, Pearl L.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1918. First Edition. Very Good+. Advance reading copy, issued to reviewers before publication of the first edition, with publisher's slips pasted onto paste down and title page. Publication date of May 9, 1918 written on slips. vi, 363, , [6, ads] pp. Original blue ribbed cloth lettered in gilt. Very Good+ with staining to fore edge, light wear to cloth, pages toned with age. Scarce in the advance format. The second novel by bestselling author and poet Pearl L. Curran, who claimed to be channeling the spirit of Patience Worth, a 17th century English immigrant to America. In a Smithsonian Magazine article Gioia Diliberto writes: "Speaking through a Ouija board operated by Pearl Lenore Curran, a St. Louis housewife of limited education, Patience Worth was nothing short of a national phenomenon in the early years of the 20th century. Though her works are virtually forgotten today, the prestigious Braithwaite anthology listed five of her poems among the nation's best published in 1917, and the New York Times hailed her first novel as a 'feat of literary composition.' Her output was stunning. In addition to seven books, she produced voluminous poetry, short stories, plays and reams of sparkling conversation-nearly four million words between 1913 and 1937.
(Inventory #: 140939428)