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Maggie
London: William Heinemann,, 1896. A Child of the Streets. Small octavo. Original dark blue broad-weave cloth over flexible boards, titles to spine gilt, covers ruled in blind with titles and scroll-and-flower motif to front gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Catalogue note from original sale of Lawrence's Cloud Hill library laid in. Spine sunned and rolled a little rubbed and faded overall, short (12 mm) split to cloth on front joint, contents toned, bookseller's blind-stamp to front free endpaper. A good copy. First UK edition. Inscribed by Edward Garnett to T. E. Lawrence (as "T. E. Shaw") and dated 18 September 1933. Garnett was Lawrence's publisher's at Cape and also helped him prepare the Cranwell edition of 1926. Maggie, Crane's first novel, was originally published in New York in 1893. Garnett was influential in introducing Crane's controversial work to a British readership; in a BBC broadcast shortly after Garnett's death in 1937, E. M. Forster praised him for having done "more than any man to discover genius in others, and to bring it to the notice of the public" (Heath, ed. The Creator as Critic and other writings by E. M. Forster, p. 241). T. E. Shaw was the name that Lawrence assumed when he joined the tank corps in 1923; he transferred to the RAF two years later and remained there until February 1935, three months before his death in a motorcycle accident.
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