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Good. No dust jacket as issued. Age-toning, cover foxing, moderate corner creasing, front and back, Spine creasing. Tight, square. 471 p. White covers, black & red titles; cover drawing of bookends w/ Roberts's books, spine titles. B&W photo, back cover, author at his desk, working. Review notes, Atlantic Monthly, reprinted inside: "The record of the reading, the assimilation, the eternal tracking down of details, the enormous correspondence, and the starts and stops of a historical novel in progress. Here is the reason why it took three years to write 'Oliver Wiswell' and five years to complete 'Lydia Bailey'. Here is what you go on doing, once you have learned to write. " Also printed herein, Roberts's response in verse to an intrerview comment by Theodore Roosevelt on a wonderful book he'd read, but could not remeber the author or title. At back, the print history of the author's works and the library/museum locations of his original manuscripts.
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