THE UNDYING FIRE: A CONTEMPORARY NOVEL. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919. Octavo, pp. [vi] vii [viii] 1-229 [230: blank] [231-236: ads], original gray boards, front and spine panels printed in red and black, bottom edge rough trimmed. First U.S. edition. Macmillan's edition was published in May 1919, the same month as Cassell's British edition. This story of Job Huss, the headmaster of a progressive school, "is saturated with the ideas of educational reform and of the teaching of world history as the basis for a common civilization." - Wells Society 71. "THE UNDYING FIRE is one of his most ambitious dialogue narratives. It is in essence a modernized version of the BOOK OF JOB, a prose poem which Wells greatly admired ... Apart from its dominant educational theme THE UNDYING FIRE is principally of interest today for the evidence it affords of Wells's pessimism at a time of world holocaust ... Uneven though it is, the novel stands as a moving testimony to his quest for assurance during the trauma of world war." - Hammond, The H. G. Wells Companion, pp. 188-91. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15100. See Wells 68. See Hammond A16. A fine copy in very good decorated dust jacket with 10 mm closed tear at top edge of front panel and small abrasion to several letters of the title on the front cover where a small sticker was removed. Uncommon in jacket. (#80375).
"Published May, 1919" on copyright page.