THE DAYS OF THEIR YOUTH by SULLIVAN, Alan

THE DAYS OF THEIR YOUTH

Edition: First US printing

New York: Century, 1926. Light green cloth lettered in black. pp (4), 332. Spine lightly darkened with a small tan spot at bottom; page edges yellowed; VG otherwise. With bookplate of early SFF fan and publisher (Prime Press) Oswald Train. "5/19/52" in pencil in the bottom margin. The bookplate, which depicts a witch riding in an open book and rowing with her broom, was designed by Virgil Finlay. A novel with supernatural elements (posthumous fantasy) by this Canadian author from Montreal. Blelier (1978) p 189 (after death experiences), Reginald 13849. "Set in Surrey and London in the early twenties, the story is about the Renner [sic] family. John leaves Oxford to be an engineer, and Gertie has a career in real estate. The father, Paul Rennett [sic - Rennet is correct], who has died before the action begins, remains as a disembodied spirit who watches over the others with unemotional objectivity. The only character who continues a relationship by the father is his daughter Julia, a budding artist. John, after escaping from Oxford into engineering, makes another move toward independence from the past by emigrating to Canada. The movement of the story is of struggle to escape from the past toward a new life in the future; there is some 'avant-garde' treatment of women and, in the character of John, some of Sullivan's own spirit of independence. Most of the conflicts in this work are internal, as each character attempts to 'find himself.' " - Gordon McLeod, ESSENTIALLY CANADIAN (1982) p. 58. ; Octavo

Book ID: 49346
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