A Book About Myself

New York: Boni & Liveright, (1922).

Price: $2,500.00

Hardcover. First edition. Octavo. vii, 502pp. Spine gilt a bit dulled, light edgewear with a small snagged tear on the cloth of the rear board, upper hinge split but sound, very good. Inscribed by Dreiser to his editor in the year of publication: "To T.R. Smith, with the regards & best wishes of Theodore Dreiser, N.Y. Dec. 1922." T.R. Smith worked with Dreiser, helping to edit his book *An American Tragedy* (or, as a laid-in bookseller's slip from the 1960s states: "...Smith was to Dreiser what Perkins was to Wolfe, cutting and trimming his massive *An American Tragedy*, and pulling it into a coherent whole." An excellent association. The author's second volume of autobiography, published grudgingly by Horace Liveright in order to secure future novels from Dreiser, it sold just over 2,000 copies.

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Item #469544 A Book About Myself. Theodore DREISER.
A Book About Myself

Theodore Dreiser
birth name: Theodore Dreiser
born: 8/27/1871
died: 12/28/1945
nationality: USA

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Novelist who was the outstanding American practitioner of naturalism. He led a national literary movement that replaced a Victorian sense of propriety with the unflinching presentation of real-life subject matter. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Dreiser's first book Sister Carrie (1900) is a scarce first edition, particularly in fine condition. There was once talk of a copy known in dustjacket, but the source of the jacket was highly questionable, and if you are offered a jacketed copy of the first edition, little alarm bells should begin to sound in your fevered brain. One might exist, but we've never seen one that we trusted, nor has any bookseller that we trust. His other early books such as his second novel, Jennie Gerhardt (1911) or The Financier (1912) are very uncommon in jacket, but at least we know they had valid jackets. His two volume An American Tragedy (1925) comes in both a limited and signed issue, as well as a trade issue (which comes in dustjackets and a cardboard box). Both are desirable, but we kind of like the trade issue better because we have an addiction to dustjackets.

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