London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. "Despite its cheery-sounding title, Circus Parade is light years away from Toby Tylerland, presenting a dark, violent and thoroughly unromanticized portrait of life on the road with a traveling show -- described by Tully as "generally a canvas nest of petty thieves and criminals among the lower gentry." The book's depictions of casual brutality -- including a shocking account of the troupe's exploitation of a young black girl's sexual favors -- got it banned in Boston and caused an uproar with circus fans (and, unsurprisingly, circus owners), which helped to put the kibosh on a proposed film adaptation by James Cruze" (PROUTY 4). Octavo (19.5cm); purple cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamed in pale metallic green on spine and front cover; 248pp. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper: "To Helen Rosa Lewis / From an author who is proud to be her guest - Sincerely / Jim Tully / 1929 / London." Spine cloth sunned, with rubbing to gilt on same, and a small rubbed spot along upper front joint; top edge dust-soiled, with pronounced offset to rear pastedown and endpaper from a previously laid-in item; Very Good, sound copy. (Inventory #: 29596)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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