New York: Farrar & Rinehart. Good+. (c.1940). First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, spine turned, spine cloth faded and white spine lettering rubbed; attractive small label (like a miniature bookplate) on front pastedown]. (line drawings) One of this writing team's scarcer works, a satirical novel about a young Englishman who falls in with a group of down-and-out White Russian emigres in Paris, who have banded together in a kind of anti-socialist social club known as the White Elephants. Its philosophy is explained by one of its members: "We serve no useful purpose. We have no place in the struggle for existence. We refuse to contribute to the evolution of the Superman. We are here on this earth entirely as spectators. It is unfortunate that in order to watch we have to eat. It is thus impossible for us to attain one hundred per cent efficiency in indolence. But we do our best. We live untidily and straggle through our days." Filmed in England in 1944 as "Give Us the Moon." . (Inventory #: 14395)
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