THE LAST TOUCHES AND OTHER STORIES. New York and London: Macmillan and Co., 1892. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] 1-269 [270: blank] 1-8: ads, original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in purple and black, spine panel stamped in purple and gold. First U.S. edition. Lucy Clifford (1866-1941) was a successful British novelist and playwright and a respected member of the highest literary circles in London. She wrote a number of sentimental novels depicting the struggle of the solitary woman (her husband died of consumption in 1879 leaving her with two small children) and bleak children's stories, such as "The New Mother" and "Wooden Tony," the latter an "anyhow" story collected here. Born Sophia Lucy Lane, she gained notoriety for an 1885 novel, MRS. KEITH'S CRIME, that advocated euthanasia for a sick child. "Clifford wrote with increasing fluency in the 1890s ... THE LAST TOUCHES (1892) is a collection of stories which show off the terse economy of Clifford's literary style." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 132. Bleiler (1978), p. 44. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Slight spine lean, cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a very good copy. (#158674).
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