THE ISLAND OF YOUTH AND OTHER STORIES. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., n.d. . Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] 1-282, original black cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Collects nine stories. Among these stories is "A Manner of Legacy," which builds up an effective weird atmosphere: middle-aged female twin dwarfs keep a beautiful young Irish girl of regal bearing in their household in a remote stretch of Cape Cod. An adventurous and chivalrous young man comes along and is about to free her when he learns the truth of the situation. Has Lovecraftian touches. The author was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Ireland, then moved back to New York to pursue a literary career, hitting the big time in 1920 with MESSER MARCO POLO. He lived beyond his means and made enemies easily, deriding America on the one hand, but being derided in turn by others as a "professional" Irishman. He died before he was 40. (See Kunitz and Haycraft, Twentieth Century Authors, p. 232-233.). BAL 2321. Some faint scuffing to cloth on rear panel, still a very good, bright copy. (#119400).
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