THE ARTISTIC TEMPERAMENT by WARDLE, Jane (pseud. of Oliver Franz…


Edition: First US printing

New York: McClure, Phillips, 1907. Blue ribbed cloth decorated and borded in white, gilt lettered. pp (4), 355. Fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. Tiny nick and minute rubbing to spine ends; faint spotting to covers; mild rubbing to the white spine decoration; 29 Dec., 1907, pencil owner name on half-title page; yellowing to page edges; else a VG bright and tight copy. The first of the five "Jane Wardle" novels by the younger brother of Ford Madox (Hueffer) Ford. Oliver was a novelist, journalist, and playwright, " He was extravagant, theatrical, charming, entertaining, and ingeniously irresponsible, particularly where facts, money, or women were concerned. The dash he cuts in the diaries and memoirs of his circle is of a person of gusto, caprice, and hilarity; someone always larger than life. He moved in a cloud of exaggeration, rumour, and pranks...He specialized in portraying artists, vagabonds, burglars, and outcasts. His style is versatile and fluent; often light and entertaining, with touches of Dickensian comic realism. His pleasure in straining the credibility of his plots results in facetiousness. His personal vivacity and wit is thinner on the page than in life, and his work is little read now." - Max Saunders, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). ; Octavo

Book ID: 45127
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