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Cable, George W.
The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1882. Hardcover . Very Good. 448 pages followed by 8 pages of publisher ads. A Gothic novel of race relations and mixed-race families in New Orleans just after the Louisiana Purchase. Noted literary scholar Louis D. Rubin Jr. wrote of the book: 'In an important sense, George W. Cable's The Grandissimes (1880) may be said to be the first 'modern' Southern novel. For if the modern Southern novel has been characterized by its uncompromising attempt to deal honestly with the complexity of Southern racial experience, then The Grandissimes was the first important work of fiction written by a Southerner in which that intention is manifested' (The Southern Literary Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, 1969). Cable was a close friend of Mark Twain and the two appeared on stage together at more than 100 events during their 'Twins of Genius' reading tour. Twain mentions The Grandissimes in his memoir Life on the Mississippi where he says of Cable, 'In him the South has found a masterly delineator of its interior life and its history.' Original serialized in Scribner's monthly, first published in book form in 1880. Later printing. Brown cloth with gold illustration on cover and spine. Endpapers printed with leafy pattern as in the first edition. BAL 2331. A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket. Cloth worn at the edges with minor loss to the spine foot and scuffing to gilt decoration. Front hinge starting. Corner missing from page 315/316 not affecting text. Some dog-eared pages now straightened. Short tear to page 391/392. With Dracula author Bram Stoker's s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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