by Wassermann, Jacob (translated by Allen W. Porterfield)
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. (c.1926). First American Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [very nice book, virtually as new with no significant wear, spine very slightly turned; jacket similarly nice, with a few tiny edge-nicks, minor crinkling at top of spine, slight darkening to spine]. Novel about a young aristocrat who becomes embroiled in a homosexual scandal at school in the First Stage, spends the Second Stage in a struggle with his mother for control of his soul, and in the Third Stage gets involved in an exotic crime. These "Stages" are bookended by an apparently unrelated story, "The Unknown Guest," and a novelette, "Sturreganz," described by a contemporary reviewer as "a mordant study of absolute monarchy in the Germany of the Seven Years' War," Wassermann, a German writer of Jewish descent, achieved great popularity during the 1920s and 1930s (the rear jacket panel indicates that at least five of his novels, including this one, had been published in the U.S.), but didn't fare well when the Nazis came to power: his works were banned in 1933, and he died the following year. . (Inventory #: 19503)
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