Inscribed first edition of this dystopian novel depicting England overtaken by the fascist ideas welling in Europe on the eve of World War II.
A precursor to Orwell's 1940s dystopian novels inspired by similar contemporary events, ANIMAL FARM (1943) and 1984 (1949), IN THE SECOND YEAR describes an authoritarian regime that creates labor camps for undesirables and training camps for dissidents, led by charismatic leader with an unmistakably relevant name: Hillier. While a number of such stories appeared as Europe's foment grew – most notably Sinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE, to which this book was frequently compared – this incarnation is additionally notable for its author, an early woman writer of science fiction. In 1939, Jameson became president of the British branch of PEN International, focusing efforts on assisting writers made refugees by the war. An excellent example of how speculative fiction can be used to clarify perceptions of current events, exceptionally scarce in dust jacket and inscribed as here.
Read more: Elizabeth Maslen, Life in the Writings of Storm Jameson: A Biography, Gregory Claeys, Dystopia: A Natural History.
London et al. Cassell, 1936. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, original dust jacket printed in red and black. 300 pages. "For Agnes Oswald / with love / from Storm Jameson" in blue ink on front free endpaper. Some mostly minor chipping, edgewear, and closed tears to dust jacket, with a bit of foxing on the edge of the front panel and along the top of the rear panel: nevertheless, quite scarce in jacket.
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