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(THOMAS, Edward.) THOMAS, Helen.

As it Was.

London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1926 Stock Code: 139953
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First edition, first impression, of Thomas's tender yet frank memoir of her life with poet Edward Thomas, in a remarkable example of the scarce jacket. A follow-up volume, World without End, was published in 1931, the two memoirs published as one volume in 1935. Thomas began writing these memoirs in an attempt to lift herself from her depression following the death of her husband Edward Thomas in 1917. Two leaves at pp. 53-6 were cancelled prior to publication for containing passages detailing intimate aspects of the couples' sex life deemed too risqué for a contemporary readership. Despite this omission and the Camouflaging of the identities of her husband and all other characters, many friends took objection to the remaining sexual details they felt ostensibly lessened Edward's status as a war hero. Robert Frost was so appalled by the memoirs that he dropped the dedication to Helen that appeared in one of his volumes of poetry, and the memoir was banned outright in Boston.

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Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in gilt, bottom edge untrimmed. With the dust jacket and second brown paper jacket, spine lettered in manuscript.


With tipped-in errata slip.


Cloth bright, negligible rubbing to bottom edge of boards, top edge dust toned, contents bright and clean; a near-fine copy in the lightly foxed jacket.


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