New York: Harper & Brothers, 1915. Hardcover. Near Fine. 181 pp. 8vo., rebound in deluxe half red morocco. WITH: His Life and Achievements. By Robert Shackleton. WITH: Fifty Years on the Lecture Platform. By Russell H. Conwell. Classic tale of America as the land of opportunity. "Acres of Diamonds," soon made Conwell America's foremost platform orator and the tale itself came to symbolize the rise of American economic and political power in the twentieth century. By the end of his life, in 1925, he had delivered the lecture more than 6,000 times in town after town throughout this vast land. It was heard by millions from pulpits and public platforms, and by radio. Conwell earned a position on the staff of the Boston Evening Traveller and ultimately a round-the-world journey as correspondent for the American Traveller, a weekly journal published in Boston. Then only 27, he was deeply impressed by a legend about a prosperous Persian farmer, Ali Hafed. Lured by the stories of a Buddhist priest, Ali deserted his fruitful lands to search for immense wealth in mythical diamond fields. Far and wide Ali Hafed roamed, footsore and weary. Youth and wealth disappeared, and he died far from home, an old and disillusioned pauper. Not long afterward, the guide related, acres of fabulous diamonds were found on Ali Hafed's own land. Conwell's message to the youthful and energetic America was: "Your diamonds are not in far-away mountains or in distant seas; they are in your own back yard if you will but dig for them." This edition includes much additional biographical material as well as an essay on lecturing by Conwell. A fine copy of this optimistic and inspiring work in an attractive binding. (Inventory #: D14543)
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