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Bud 2nd: A Collection of Literary Stories in Creative Writing [cover title]: Bud The Second 1934
[Chapel Hill]: Phillips Russell's Class. 1934. Quarto. Quarter canvas and blue card wrappers with title either hand-inked or dittoed on the front wrap. 40 mimeographed leaves printed rectos only. A trifle age-toned, else very near fine. Frontispiece portrait of Russell by Robert C. Ruark. Stories and poems by members of Phillips Russell's English class at the University of North Carolina. Russell seems to have infected his students with the hard-boiled style of the mid-1930s, and among the stories are included a very hard-boiled story by Ruark: "Ashes to Ashes" (first line: "Tommy's dead."), seemingly autobiographical, about a brilliant but pugnacious student who graduates Phi Beta Kappa from Duke, but runs off to the merchant marine and has bloodthirsty adventures, until he marries and has the (figurative) life sucked out of him by his wife. Ruark would have been 18 or 19 at the time of publication. Phillips Russell was an influential English and Journalism teacher at UNC, and published many books, mostly biographies and other non-fiction. Ruark excelled at both journalism and fiction, and is particularly well-known for his writing on Africa and hunting. This is certainly one of his first published works. OCLC locates a single run of this annual compilation (1933-1953), not surprisingly at the University of North Carolina. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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