Title: The Argonaut Manuscript Edition of the ...
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York
Publication Date: 1928
Ten volumes Octavo. white parchment over orange boards, front covers and spine stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. One of 245 sets. (Lacking the original manuscript leaf which the edition was issued with but with copies of two leaves). Volume VIII, McTeague, contains an introduction by Dreiser. Included with the set are two pages, photocopies of the original manuscript pages, from the McTeague manuscript. They show how Norris wrote and worked; he set up his page so one third on the left was blank and then used for corrections and additions. He did, also insert words into the text, as well as strike out. The pages have been enlarged from the originals.The top of the first page begins "a vague distress. As length just as the musicians were returning he stood up and whisperedenrgetically in his mother's ear." This corresponds to the last two paragraphs page 89 through second paragraph page 91.The second page begins "with each other. After this own peculiar fashion ÔSetting out with each other' Miss Baker had begun to call it." Many literary critics, including Henry L. Mencken, regard McTeague as the greatest of all American novels. The book itself abound with superlatives: it contains the finest characterization of a dentist in fiction; it is surely the greatest novel to use San Francisco for its setting; it is, in fact, a landmark in fiction, standing with Crane's Maggie and Dreiser's Sister Carrie in the forefront of the development of realism in American literature. Transposed into another medium, the plot became the vehicle for one of the most famous films of the silent screen Greed, directed by Eric von Stroheim. Norris's holograph material is genuinely rare. Indeed, except for unsigned pages from McTeague [the manuscript was taken apart and a leaf inserted in every set of the manuscript edition of the Works], Norris' autograph is practically unobtainable. Spines a little browned, a few with some spattering of brown spots, occasional light rubbing of edges, and dust soiling, bookplate a fine set. Bookseller Inventory # 9467
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