Wharton's Dialogue With Literature Of The Great War
A SON AT THE FRONT
By Edith Wharton
First printing of Wharton's post-war novel, "the beginning of a revitalized and extraordinarily experimental late period" (Sensibar) in her career – in the scarce original dust jacket.
Very good plus in near-fine jacket.
A SON AT THE FRONT
"[M]akes an important contribution to the modernist movement." – Judith L. Sensibar
A war novel focusing primarily "behind the lines," A SON AT THE FRONT follows the fortunes of an American expat artist reluctantly drawn into the conflict. Critic Judith L. Sensibar sees A SON AT THE FRONT engaging with "conventions of the Great War's masculinist literary canon" as found in the works of Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Nichols – and before Ernest Hemingway's own WWI hospital novel, A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1929). A remarkable World War I novel from one of the era's best American writers.
Read more: Sensibar, "Behind the Lines' in Edith Wharton's 'A Son at the Front': Rewriting a Masculinist Tradition," 189; Garrison, Edith Wharton: A Descriptive Bibliography, A 32.I.a.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. 7.5'' x 5''. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered front board and spine. In original unclipped ($2.00) color typographic dust jacket. Page 244.6 with "lips." , 426 pages. Book with faint soiling to rear board, spine a trifle toned, slight lean; foxing around flap folds and bottom margin of jacket, else remarkably bright with only shallow rubbing.
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