BEFORE I GO HENCE: FANTASIA ON A NOVEL. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., [1946]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-248, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough trimmed. First U.S. edition. "The third and most intense of Baker's earnest moralistic fantasies,following THE BIRDS (1936) and MR. ALLENBY LOSES HIS WAY (1945). It draws heavily upon Dunne's time theories in recounting the story of an author who builds a psychic link with a former inhabitant of his home, a quest for enlightenment that estranges him from his wife. The story might be seen as a skeptical version of Irwin's STILL SHE WISHED FOR COMPANY (1942), and as such thematically close to Harding's THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE (1945), but it becomes very preoccupied with the metaphysical questions at issue, which were carried forward into the intricate metaphysical fantasy THE DOWNS SO FREE (1948). Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 25. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-12. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 80. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 81. Bleiler (1978), p. 13. Reginald 00739. A fine copy in good dust jacket with wear and shallow chipping at spine ends, corner tips and along bottom edge of front panel and some fading of blue background ink on spine panel. (#162053).

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