Good in good dust jacket. 1969 reprint edition. Jacket is present with a little shelfwear, but nothing severe. Price on jacket flap is not clipped. We try to note every flaw we can find, and we are quite picky, so buy with confidence! 100% guaranteed!
Inscribed by Darrow to a Fellow Criminal Defense Attorney Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. An Eye for an Eye. New York: Fox, Duffield & Company, 1905. 213 pp. Original cloth, gilt titles to front board and spine. Some rubbing to extremities, corners and spine ends bumped, a few tiny stains, some fading to sections of boards and spine, rear hinge starting. Author inscription to front endleaf, light toning to text, negligible foxing to a few leaves. * First edition. Darrow's only fictional work, aside from his autobiographical novel, Farmington, published in 1904. It tells the story of Jim Jackson, who struggles with poverty and harsh circumstances, before finally murdering his wife in a fit of rage. Faced with the gallows, Jackson confesses: "If ther'd been forty scaffolds right before my eyes, I'd have brought down the poker just the same." Darrow's novel is a sociological polemic which foreshadows such later works as Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Abe Ravitz, in his Clarence Darrow and the American Literary Tradition, observed that An Eye for an Eye was worthy of a trophy not only for sociological veracity but also for genuine literary achievement. This copy was inscribed "with the regards of his friend and admirer" to James K. Jones, a lawyer in Washington, DC, who often served in criminal cases. The University of Minnesota owns the letter in which he acknowledges receipt of Darrow's book. Jones praises it as "a vivid and truthful picture...of much that comes along in many a poor devil's life...[It] turns light on places where light was needed." Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 55.
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