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ANDERSON, Sherwood - Dark Laughter

New York, Boni and Liveright, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Original vellum-backed and tipped boards, spine lettered in black, front cover lettered in red. Copy H of 20 Lettered copies (of a total edition of 370) SIGNED by the author. Obviously a scarce issue of this book, a novel that dealt with the new sexual freedom of the 1920s and that was influenced by James Joyce's ULYSSES. DARK LAUGHTER was Anderson's only best-seller during his lifetime, though today he is better known for WINESBURG, OHIO. Ernest Hemingway parodied DARK LAUGHTER in his early short work THE TORRENTS OF SPRING. Hemingway's novella mocked the pretensions of Anderson's style and characters. Gertrude Stein, Hemingway's former mentor, objected to the young writer's parody of a writer who had helped him get published, resulting in a falling-out. Owner name on front endpaper; hinges repaired. Edgewear; tears to top of spine, which is darkened, with no loss; lettering to cover rubbed. Good .
USD 312.50 [Appr.: EURO 294.75 | £UK 251.5 | JPą 48321] Book number 020414

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