Edition: First printing

London: Noel Douglas, 1930. Octavo. 249, [3] pp. Green cloth, spine gilt lettered. Spine a bit sunned, with a narrow, shallow horizontal indentation; bit of foxing and yellowing to page edges; small damp spot and short streak to front cover; very light foxing early and late; else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy. The UK edition is the correct first. It was rejected by several British publishers before being accepted by this small, short-lived British house. The edition size would surely have been small (1000-1500 copies? a guess only). The American publisher Morrow, having previously rejected the book, changed their mind and published an edition later in 1930, and they ended up reprinting it a few times. This powerful tale is the most important Canadian World War I novel and no doubt one of the top ten WWI novels.. Harrison was born in Philadelphia and by age sixteen was working for The Montreal Star. He enlisted with the Royal Montreal Regiment and was a machine-gunner in Belgium and France, wounded at Amiens in 1918, after which he returned to Montreal for a while before moving on to New York. The novel was praised by Ford Madox Ford, and in its partial appearance in magazines, including German ones, may have influenced Remarque in the writing of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. "The story of the looting of Arras by Canadian troops and their conflict with the English Military Police is told for the first time. But piquant as are these and many other revelations of the realities of war in and behind the lines, the real quality of the work lies in the exquisite, and withal unselfconsciousness, expression of the beauty and graciousness of human relationships, however startling and unorthodox, amid the foulness and brutality of that inferno." - jacket flap. See the two columns about Harrison in Toye, Oxford Companion to CanLit. This British edition is fairly scarce. ; Octavo

Book ID: 49795
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