THE MONSTER, AND OTHER STORIES. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-2: blank] [i-iv] v [vi] [1-2] 3-188  [190: blank] [191-192: ads], 25 illustrations, twelve on inserted plates, original terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained terra cotta, other edges untrimmed. First edition. Collects "The Monster," "The Blue Hotel" and "His New Mittens." Several of Crane's stories show "a darker side of his sensibility." Notably "The Upturned Face" [not in this collection] "The Blue Hotel," and "The Monster." "Crane's contribution to American horror literature, while not directly classifiable as such, place him as a master of exposing the unnamed fear that rests within" (Sullivan, ed., The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 100). "The Monster," a Whilomville story first published in HARPER'S MAGAZINE in August 1898, "is a powerful attack upon the stupidity and intolerance of a town that is ruled by the psychology of the herd. A Negro saves a little boy from being burnt and, falling, overcome by the fumes in the laboratory of Dr. Trescott, the boy's father, has his face eaten away by an acid falling on it. At first he is a hero, but his deformity makes him an object of horror; finally even the doctor's practice is affected by his refusal to abandon the Negro ... Through one character, that of an old maid, who alone refuses to follow the herd, Crane conveys the acid comment of an uncompromising individualist upon the brutal instinct of the small-town mind" (Quinn, American Fiction, p. 536). "The reader is compelled to trace the true source of horror in this trenchant example of the American Gothic and finally to judge for himself who the real monsters are by a nervous glance in the mirror" (Frank, Through the Pale Door 102). BAL 4085. Wright (III) 1255. Williams and Starrett 23. Spine panel slightly darkened, faint soiling to upper edge of rear cover, a nearly fine copy. (#167295).
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