Titre : A PEDLAR'S PACK
Éditeur : Jonathan Cape ., London
Date d'édition : 1923
Reliure : Soft cover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, original cloth-backed boards. First edition. Sixteen short stories by an interesting figure who was the first editor of the DAILY HERALD, a close disciple of Ouspensky (the Russian dispenser of esoteric wisdom) and an important early British socialist. He wrote several books on Scandinavian subjects, polar exploration and railroad unions. This appears to be his only work of fiction. "Despite its troubadour-like title, this is no pretty-gypsy tale of wanderings amid the birds and flowers -- never think it. It moves with elaborate unconcern through the adventures of British navvies, dockyard workers, murderers, bums, nippers and bad beer. It is a forthright specimen of sturdy naturalism -- if by that is meant that when differences arise with one's fellows the obvious thing to do is to tap the offender over the head with an iron stave instead of becoming involved in pages of metaphysical argument. There is such a breezy directness about these murderers, such an innocuous naivete about their mental processes, that much may be forgiven them. Stories, graphic, succinct, powerful, well-told -- quite without sentimentality, sweetness or light." - Time magazine review, May 5, 1924. Owner's signature dated September 1924 on front paste-down. Spine lean, spine panel dusty, corners worn, a sound, good copy of an uncommon book. (#114187). N° de réf. du libraire 114187
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