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The Innocents: A Story for Lovers
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1917. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (with the required "Published October, 1917" and the "F-R" code --- light rubs to the spine ends and board corners, front board's upper right corner lightly tapped, minor mark to the closed page block's upper edge, the front free endpaper is signed "Sinclair Lewis" and there dated, but we do not represent or warrant it to be the author's signature), without the scarce dust jacket; an expanded version of a tale that earlier had been serially published in the Woman's Home Companion magazine, and the last of Lewis' novels published by Harper & Brothers. After contracting with Harcourt, Brace for then-future works, Lewis produced the full novel in order to fulfill his contractual obligations to Harper. Under these circumstances, Lewis did not produce his best work and the book was not a success. Sinclair Lewis won the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." Of him, H.L. Mencken wrote: "[If] there was ever a novelist among us with an authentic call to the trade ... it is this red-haired tornado from the Minnesota wilds." Copies of "The Innocents" in its first edition, first printing are rather uncommon to the market as befits an unsuccessful book, and copies in a condition as nice as is this copy are more uncommon still. A Near Fine to Fine copy. SCARCE.
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