Title: The Dance of Life. An Answer to "Dance of ...
Publisher: San Francisco News Company, San Francisco
Publication Date: 1877
Edition: First edition.
16mo. original brown cloth lettered in gilt and decoratively stamped in black. Decorated with chapter heads. The Dance of Death was a wildly succesful literary hoax perpetrated by Ambrose Bierce and two cohorts. It professed to condemn the waltz as "an open and shameless gratification of sexual desire" and carried on in titillating phraseology. Bierce then wrote a review of the work, denouncing it as an outrage which, of course, only boosted sales. Endorsed by a Methodist Church conference, 18,000 copies of the book were sold in seven months. All this brought forth the rebuttal listed here, "dedicated to the lady dancers of San Francisco" and written "to check the insolence of a Philistine" by one Mrs. Dr. J. Milton Bowers or, although he denied it, just possibly by Mr. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce. [BAL vol. I, p. 226]. Edges barely rubbed, bookplate, fine. Bookseller Inventory # 12123
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