No Swank

Philadelphia: Centaur Press, 1934.

Price: $8,500.00

Hardcover. First edition. Small octavo. Front pastedown somewhat wrinkled from the binder's glue and a little foxing and soiling at the edges of the white boards, near fine lacking the original unprinted cellophane dustwrapper. Copy letter B of five Presentation copies Signed by the author. A series of short essays on various topics or people including Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, Gertrude Stein, Margaret Anderson, George Borrow, prize fighters, and authors, etc. Additionally, this is the Dedication Copy, Inscribed by Anderson to his Mother-in-Law: "To Mother - Not only an appreciation but love. Sherwood." The printed dedication reads: "to Laura Lou Copenhaver in appreciation." Laura Lou Copenhaver was the mother of Anderson's fourth (and final) wife, Eleanor Copenhaver. Laid in is an envelope from Olivet College, on which Anderson has made a few notes, mostly just listing the names of authors in the book. Obviously a very scarce title, this is likely as good a copy as exists.

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No Swank. Sherwood ANDERSON.
No Swank

Sherwood Anderson
birth name: Sherwood Anderson
born: 9/13/1876
died: 3/8/1941

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Biography

Author who strongly influenced American short-story writing between World Wars I and II. His prose style, based on everyday speech and derived from the experimental writing of Gertrude Stein, was markedly influential on Ernest Hemingway. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Anderson's most desirable book is Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life, (1919) which is a rare and valuable book in its easily soiled, printed white jacket. Curiously, we once handled a copy that another dealer had sent out to have cleaned, and the paper restorer who cleaned it managed to wash all the printing off of the clay-coat jacket. Apparently the original printer of the jacket hadn't used a fixative on the ink, and the ink was, in effect, still "wet." Needless to say, it didn't much help the value of the book. Most of Anderson's other books of the period do occasionally show up in jacket, with his first book Windy MacPherson's Son (1916) and Dark Laughter (1925) probably among the more desirable.

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