Title: TAR A MIDWEST CHILDHOOD (Review Copy of ...
Publisher: Boni and Liveright
Publication Date: 1926
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Reviewed by Dwight Macdonald for the Yale Daily News in January of 1927, according to MacDonald's note on back blank endpaper. Copy of his reveiw is pasted onto this same endpaper. MacDonald's bookplate is affixed to front blank paste-down. MacDonald has written in black pen at top of the last endpaper, "My first review copy." Unable to determine if this was the first reveiw he wrote at Yale, or the first copy of a book he ever received for reviewing it. MacDonald, who became well known later as an editor for Henry Luce, who he met at Yale, and later still as a Marxist social critic, was a precocious young man. He was attending Philips Exeter Academy by age 14, and his bookplate is dated 1921 when he would have been 15. He graduated from Yale in 1928. MacDonald worked for Luce at both Time and at Fortune Magazine. He parted with Luce in 1936 over an editorial dispute and went to work at the Partisan Review. The review pasted at back shows that MacDonald generally liked this book by Sherwood Anderson, although he chided Anderson for "taking it easy" with the writing of this. A few annotations and highlights in text in same black pen as note on back endpaper. In one fairly lengthy annotation MacDonald compares a passage to one in Proust's "Swan's Way." Book is square and tight and otherwise clean internally, with only a bit of wear to the cloth. Spine is sunned. Gilt embellished decoration on cover still bright. Cloth now protected in clear plastic. Great association copy. Review copy owned by one of great critics of the early 20th century of a book by one of the great innovators in American literature in the early 20th century. Bookseller Inventory # 1415
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