Subtitled 'A Romantic Novel in Honour of the Passing of a Great Race', The Torrents of Spring - Hemingway's second published work - wonderfully parodies the themes and styles of the 'great race' of writers of his generation. Spring is coming to the small towns of Michigan, but the snow still covers the land when Scripps O'Neil sets of for Chicago, ...
Subtitled 'A Romantic Novel in Honour of the Passing of a Great Race', The Torrents of Spring - Hemingway's second published work - wonderfully parodies the themes and styles of the 'great race' of writers of his generation. Spring is coming to the small towns of Michigan, but the snow still covers the land when Scripps O'Neil sets of for Chicago, decides to stop a while in Petoskey, and meets up with Yogi Johnson. Their bizarre stories are a brilliant satire on conventional fiction. The characters they meet are absurd and yet strangely familiar. Short, fast-paced, funny, The Torrents of Spring throws light on Hemingway's later work - and is a delight to read. Here we can see the developing talent of one of the great novelists of the twentieth century.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ jacket. Orange cloth; dust jacket. Faint waterstain at tail of spine and lower quarter of boards; some faint foxing on prelims, terminals, and edges of text block. In lightly rubbed dust jacket, with the same very faint waterstain; not price-clipped, and nice and bright in mylar. Publisher's review slip laid-in. An excellent copy.
Fine in very good dust jacket. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, NY, 1972. REPRINT Edition, 1st Printing, Fine/VG, Hard Cover, Size=5.5"x8", 90pgs. 3/8" DJ tear top and bottom rear edges, red DJ has very slight fading on spine and in rubbed at fore-edges, o.w. clean, bright and tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. Price unclipped. DJ in a clear plastic protective cover. ISBN 0684130882 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Very Good in Good jacket. Book VG with tanned epp; very light rubbing to spine ends; dark blue-green boards with red lettering; uneven front edge; text clean & tight in good DJ in protector (DJ age-tanned with some small stains on spine)
1st printing. Dark green cloth with orange lettering, 5.5x7.5", (8)143 pp. Small spot on front cover, spine slightly discolored, name inside cover, transfer stain on 2 pp., small stains near the margins of a few other pp., otherwise Good, a clean, solid copy, no dust jacket.
Very Good. No Jacket. Octavo 5.5" x 7.5" [JRS-Of-A]. The first printing with Scribner's seal on the copyright page. 143 pp. Hardcover, bound in black cloth with red lettering. Moderate shelf-wear, the spine lettering dull and spine corners a bit frayed; prior owner's stamp on front pastedown and age-toned, else unmarked.
VG: in very good condition without dust jacket in clear protective wraps. Light foxing to end papers. Edges browned. Minor edgewear to spine ends. 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). 398pp. First issue points: first printing with the mis-spelled dedication 'To H L Mencken and S Stanwood Mencken'.
First Edition. One of 1250 copies issued. Near Fine in a Very Good, professionally restored dust jacket. Jacket is moderately toned at the spine panel and folds, but has no chips or tears. Bookplate on the front pastedown. An attractive copy of a scarce Hemingway high spot. Hanneman A4a.
Small octavo (19.5cm. ); original dark green cloth in tan pictorial dust jacket; , 143pp.; illus. Some wear to jacket extremities, including a few short closed tears, the largest to front panel bottom edge, measuring 1.75" and affecting the "Y" in "HEMINGWAY." Jacket spine darkened, but overall Near Very Good. Small contemporary bookseller ticket mounted to front free endpaper; textblock About Fine. This first edition issued in a run of 1250 copies. HANNEMAN A4a.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. Black cloth; first issue dust jacket; 8vo; pp. , 143. With a cheeky contemporary bookplate on front paste-down. Spine tips and corners very lightly rubbed, otherwise book is fine. Tiny chips at spine tips and corners of dust jacket; some light rubbing on rear panel; NF in mylar, not price-clipped. By late 1925, Hemingway's reputation had been established primarily within literary circles. He had attributed the lack of general public recognition and the poor sales of his In Our Time to a restrictive contract with his publisher Boni and Liveright. This short novel is a parody of the style of some of the writers of the day, in particular Sherwood Anderson and his recently published novel Dark Laughter (1925). Anderson was Boni and Liveright's most revered and best-selling author who dominated the literary scene at the time. And although Anderson was a friend and an early supporter of Hemingway (he wrote a fine endorsement on the dust jacket of In Our Time), he used Torrents to take aim at Anderson's "rather silly book" and test Liveright's loyalty. Hemingway had just completed the first draft of The Sun Also Rises, and was unwilling to chance his next book to the same unpromising reception from his publisher. The Torrents of Spring was begun in mid-November and completed by Thanksgiving. It was rejected by Boni and Liveright in equally as little time. "I have known all along, " Hemingway wrote Fitzgerald, that the firm "could not and would not be able to publish it as it makes a bum out of their present ace and best seller Anderson" (Selected Letters, p. 183). With the contract broken, Hemingway flirted with Harcourt and Knopf before eventually signing with Scribner's. Fitzgerald was very involved on both sides of the negotiation with Scribner's, and actively encouraged the prospect with his editor there, the great Maxwell Perkins. The Torrents of Spring, the book that Fitzgerald would call "the best comic book ever written by an American, " was published by Scribner's on May 28, 1926; The Sun Also Rises followed five months later. Hanneman A4a.
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