MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS: SIX MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STORIES. Boston, Mass. Arena Publishing Company, 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-260, original buff wrappers printed in red and black. First edition, first printing with "FIRST THOUSAND" printed in red at bottom edge of front wrapper. The author's second book and first collection of short fiction. Published in cloth at $1 and in paper wrappers, as offered here, at 50¢ as "Arena Library," volume 1, number 2. Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), born in Wisconsin, "knew farming life there and in Iowa and South Dakota. Repelled by that life he went to Boston, studied and taught at the Boston School of Oratory, and came under the inspiration of [William Dean] Howells. A visit to his family in 1887 suggested the use of the life of the Mississippi Valley for fiction, and he wrote from 1887 to 1890 a number of short stories, representing usually with an uncompromising realism the hardships of the farmer's lot. Six of these stories were published in 1891 as MAIN-TRAVELLED ROADS." - Quinn, American Fiction, p. 454. Grolier American 95. Johnson's "High Spots", p. 35. Wright (III) 2115. Covers soiled, worn at edges and dog-eared at corners, shallow loss at spine ends, text paper tanned, but not brittle, a good copy. (#133074).
First printing has "FIRST THOUSAND" printed in red at bottom edge of front wrapper.