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The White Horses of Vienna.

Published: London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1937

Stock code: 82608

Price: £325

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Inscribed first UK edition, first impression, copy of Kay Boyle’s first book to be published in England (originally published in the US by Harcourt, Brace & Co. in the preceding year). The White Horses of Vienna, for which Boyle won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year, was written while she was living in Austria 1933-6, observing the rise of Nazism. Boyle’s striking presentation inscription on the title page sums up the book’s animus: “Dear Burton: Thomas Mann spoke a great truth when he said that “if the writers of Germany through their vision and their expression of that vision had made more impelling promises than those Hitler made, it would have been Hitler, and not the writers of Germany, who would have been forced into exile. It is always the writers who must bear the full weight of moral responsibility.” My love goes with this message and this book. July 9, 1991, Kay”. Burton Norval Hatlen (1936-2008) was an American literary critic and professor at the University of Maine, who wrote the Introduction to Kay Boyle’s The Death of a Man.

Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy with very faint spotting to the edges and to some early and late leaves, in the very lightly rubbed jacket with three small closed tears along edges.

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