New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1914. First Edition in pictorial dust jacket. 8vo; 352pp; red cloth, stamped in gilt with title and author on front panel, author, title, and publisher on spine, in pictorial dust jacket showing frontispiece illustration, author in red and title printed in black within decorated ruled box on front panel, author, title, and publisher in black within box ruled in red on lower front panel. The book is very good, spine dulled, the jacket has several small chips at top of spine, the back panel is soiled, generally very good.
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930) is best known as "regional" writer of short stories, although the novel THE SHOULDERS OF ATLAS (1908) falls into neither category. She was extremely successful during her lifetime, honored with the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her fiction has undergone a recent upward reevaluation by literary scholars, NAW citing her stories as "uncommonly well designed." "Through her personal vision, the fruit of an endless and honest probing of her own spirit and her milieu, Mary Wilkins achieved a lasting illumination of human character." BAL 6397. NAW I, pp. 667-668. Item #7240