THIS IS THE END. Stella Benson.

THIS IS THE END. London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1917. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-244 [245] [246: blank] 1-2: ads, original green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. The author's second novel. During World War I, Jay and Kew Martin, orphaned siblings, leave the family that serves as their caretakers to find their own independence. After taking a job as bus conductor in London, Jay concocts a "bubble world," a fantasy place in which she has a special companion, which she describes to her former caretakers in a series of letters that send them searching for her in the English countryside. As the horrors of the war encroach on Jay's life, the fantasy world in which she spends most of her time begins to collide with life's harsher realities. "Jay and her brother are wards of Mrs. Gustus, a robust feminist novelist who is quite domestic in real life and who turns her whole life into material for her novels. Jay and her brother leave their guardians to work with people in the slums. Jay has high ideals. She questions everything, and takes nothing for granted. She is a rebel against conventions, proves her independence in becoming a a bus conductor in London during the war and seriously considers living with a man. Jay holds on to her ideals, her belief in her freedom until the war shatters all her ideals. Her brother dies, and she gives up by marrying for respectability." - Daims and Grimes, Toward a Feminist Tradition 38. A bright, nearly fine copy. (#164328).

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