KERCHIEFS TO HUNT SOULS. New York: F. Tennyson Neely Publisher, 1897. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-2] 3-290 [291-292: ads], inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author), original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, decorated endpapers. First edition. A remainder issue of a book published the Arena Publishing Company in 1895, with Neely's cancel title leaf dated 1897. Fytche (1844-1927) was a Canadian writer. Bleiler (1978) codes this as an occult novel, but it isn't; it is an important feminist romance whose protagonist (a young Canadian teacher and aspiring artist) rejects a English widower's offer of marriage based on "friendship and respect" and instead marries a French count for "love." She has a child by him and he takes up with another woman. A caring female friend (a strong-willed governess) brings Dorothy to her senses and she returns to England to annul her marriage to the count and marry the man she had earlier rejected. Most of the novel is set in France, largely the Paris art world. Fytche's novel "explores through its protagonist the difficulties of women seeking educational and professional opportunities, and the internal division caused by incompatible objectives of self-expression and professional success, traditional marriage and family life. Like her contemporaries Sara Jeanette Duncan and Alice Jones, she develops the international theme, taking her protagonist to Europe for the purpose of weighing and contrasting Canadian, U.S., and European characteristics." - Blain, Grundy and Clements, The Feminist Companion to Literature in English, p. 405. Daims and Grimes, Toward a Feminist Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography of Novels in English by Women 1891-1920 1133. Spine ends lightly worn, ink underlining here and there throughout the text, private owner's stamp on recto of frontispiece, old ink-stamp of "The World Human Culture Foundation / McKay College" of Los Angeles, California, on the front free endpaper, delicate front free endpaper split along inner margin and nearly detached, still a sound, very good copy. A very scarce book. (#156267).
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