Neighbours [with] Original Handwritten Manuscript

London: Williams & Norgate Ltd., (1935).

Price: $4,500.00

Hardcover. First edition. Foreword by Beverley Nichols. Spine a little cocked and some light foxing on the boards, very good in very good dustwrapper with spine-toning, and small nicks at the spine ends. Jacket art by Macadam. First novel by this author. His previous personal memoir, *A Tenement in Soho, or Two Flights Up*, which was published with a foreword by John Oxenham, was well-received, and described his family, who lived above Berwick Market, and their enormously difficult life struggling with poverty and disease. The son of a dustman, the author, his mother, and two of his siblings suffered from progressive muscular atrophy. George (as well as his mother and two other siblings) were confined to the flat, and later, encouraged by Erica Oxenham, he took a correspondence course. Remarkably, he found love, marrying a woman whom he met through correspondence in 1943, agreeing to marry before they had ever met. He died in 1952 in his late 40s.

This autobiographical novel continues the saga from his first book, about a group of working class families living in Crow Court, seemingly substituting for the author's Westminster home. Critically well-received (some compared his dark resentment to Denton Welch), but financially unremunerative, this was his last book. He was the subject of a 1970 biography *George Thomas of Soho* by Dame Felicitas Corrigan, with an Introduction by Sir Alec Guinness.

Accompanied by the original handwritten manuscript. [3], [1] (publisher's typed blurbs from Vita Sackville-West, James Agate, and others), 544 numbered leaves written on rectos only. Small tears and nicks at the extremities, overall very good or better. Old auction flag (from 1997) present. Author's handwritten manuscript showing substantial corrections - deletions, emendations, and additions, also with handwritten title page (with author's address listed) and author's note. The publisher apparently used the original manuscript for editing and perhaps also as the setting copy, hence the presence of the page of typed blurbs, and the manuscript shows light traces of penciled copy editors marks.

A fully executed and handwritten manuscript for a fascinating if forgotten novel that is probably worthy of more study.

Item #410016

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Neighbours [with] Original Handwritten Manuscript. George THOMAS.
Neighbours [with] Original Handwritten Manuscript
Neighbours [with] Original Handwritten Manuscript