Susan Lenox. Her Fall and Rise

PHILLIPS, David Graham

Published by D. Appleton, New York, 1917
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Title: Susan Lenox. Her Fall and Rise

Publisher: D. Appleton, New York

Publication Date: 1917

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition.


Two volumes Octavo. original green cloth lettered in gilt. Phillips was another of the legion of leading Indiana-born authors. Graduting from Princeton in 1887 -youngest in a class of 86- Phillips sought out a journalistic career. He rose quickly in his field, gaining a national reputation which led to a position on the editorial staff of the New York World. Using the pseudonym of John Graham, he published his first novel The Great God of Success in 1901. It was generally conceded to be one of the best newspaper novels ever written. Joseph Pulitzer, Phillip's employer, figures prominently in the novel, and not in the best of lights. In the following decade, Phillips wrote 23 novels, a one-act play, and a four-act play, The Worth of a Woman, which introduced what is now a staple of American entertainment: sex appeal.Phillip's writing habits were unusual - he worked every night from 11 until 6 a.m. He also worked standing up, believing that constant leaning over a desk might induce appendicitis. The novelist's life was abruptly ended when he was shot down in the street by a paranoid who deludedly felt that the character of Margaret Severence in Phillip's The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig had been intended as a portrait of the murderer's sister. Today Phillips is as forgotten as Richard Harding Davis, perhaps even more so. Yet he was called America's greatest novelists by such diverese critics as H.L. Mencken and Frank Harris.Phillip's masterpiece, Susan Lenox Her Fall and Rise, first appearted in Hearsts magazine, June 1915 - January 1917, then was published in book form in two volumes the following month. Something of a milestone, it has been termed the sexiest novel to appear in America up to that time. Susan Lenox was brought to the screen in 1931, and marks the only appearance of Greta Garbo and Clark Gable in a film together. Large contemporary ink inscriptions on front free endpapers dated Feburary 22, 1917, else fine. Bookseller Inventory # 24437

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