PHILIP DRU: ADMINISTRATOR. Edward Mandell House.

PHILIP DRU: ADMINISTRATOR. N.p. No publisher, n.d. Circa 196-. Octavo, green cloth lettered on the front and spine panels in gold. Later edition. Published with no attribution to Colonel House, as was the 1912 first edition. This copy was sent to and reviewed by Revilo Pendleton Oliver (1908-1994), an American classics professor, right-wing conservative, and a founding member of The John Birch Society in 1958. He wrote frequently for the Birch Society magazine AMERICAN OPINION as a polemicist for white supremacist and right-wing causes. About twenty-five pages have markings and marginalia, presumably in his hand. An annotation at the bottom of the title page reads: "Reviewed by RPO / American Opinion / Vol 6-No 7 / July-Aug 1963. / pp. 85, 87, 89, 90, 92." There are notes on the rear free endpaper regarding source material Dr. Oliver found useful for his review. Set in 1920-1935, House's hero leads the democratic western United States in a civil war against the plutocratic East. After becoming the acclaimed leader of the country, he steps down having restored justice and democracy. "The most interesting of these prewar utopians who came under the influence of the muckrakers is Edward M. House ... [whose anonymously published novel] reflects his sure knowledge of politics, and presents a practical and precise program for making the United States utopian." - Parrington, American Dreams, p. 187. The book is accompanied by a small 12 page pamphlet which reprints "Philip Dru Comes to Life Again," an article by Gerald B. Winrod D.D., Lit. D. article published by the DEFENDER magazine, September 1954. There is also a NEW YORK TIMES newspaper clipping dated 28 July 1963 regarding Colonel House's 1919 rift with Wilson with some underling by Dr. Oliver. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 430. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 584. Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, p. 191. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature 1516-1975, p. 78, Bleiler (1978), p. 103. Reginald 07447. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 H-901. Hanna, A Mirror for the Nation 1777. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, spine lettering dull, a very good copy without dust jacket, probably as issued. OCLC reports 9 copies of this edition. An interesting association copy. (#158474).

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