MEN IN DARKNESS: FIVE STORIES ... With a Preface by John Cowper Powys. London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd, . Octavo, original black cloth stamped in gold, top edge stained terra cotta. First edition. Collects five stories "Narrative," "Feud," "John Muck," "Rubbish" and "Greaser Anderson," with a 4-page preface by John Cowper Powys. Hanley, born in Ireland, serving in the Canadian Army during the Great War, living later in Wales, spent many years at sea where he "unlearn[ed] all that I had learned and thought of Conrad... . Like Jack London I am interested in the psychology of the little thing." - Millet (ed.), Contemporary British Literature (1935), p. 261. He earned a reputation as a serious literary craftsman during the 1930s. NCBEL IV 597. A bright, nearly fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with shelf wear at edges, several closed tears at edges, chip from upper spine end with loss of two words of the title, and several small internal tape mends. Stunning surreal jacket art by Alan Odle. (#116696).
"First published in 1931" on copyright page.