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Hall Caine [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine (1853-1931)]
The White Prophet. [Advance Copy for First American Edition]
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1909. Advance Review Copy for the First American Edition. 613, [1(blank)], [6 (adverts)]pp. Signed in twelves and fours. 8 illustration plates by R. Caton Woodville, including frontispiece. Plain thin brown wraps, unprinted, with violet rubber stamp on upper cover: "Advance Copy." Spine slightly perished; text toward novel's latter parts with old, mild tideline dampstaining; very good. In custom archival housing. Advance copy of a controversial novel of British colonial rule in Egypt by the incredibly popular and successful English novelist, Hall Caine (1853-1931). The public reaction to its publication raised issues of literary censorship and the relations between Muslims and Christians. Following a violent clash in the Egyptian village of Denshawai between British officers and villagers, public outcry focused attention on the ongoing British occupation of Egypt. The White Prophet was Caine's response to the "Denshawai incident." Critic George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) reviewed the book and defended Caine's sympathetic treatment of the Egyptians, writing that the novelist "...has put his finger on the real reason why British pro-consuls get stuffed periodically with the silly romance of a murderous conspiracy of Islam against Christendom."¹ The Denshawai incident led to a turning point between the British occupiers of Egypt and its native citizens. Caine's controversial novel was a commercial failure despite his popularity and being the highest paid author of his day. As Bernard Shaw noted in his review, "Hall Caine sells a thousand copies whe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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