Three Soldiers.New York, George H. Doran Company, 1921 Stock Code: 117426
NotesFirst edition, first printing, first state (three blank leaves to front, none at back and the textual error on p. 213 reading "signing", later corrected to "singing"), second issue jacket (with review excerpts in place of the first issue publisher's blurbs; including a quotation from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle which was replaced with one from the Stars and Stripes' review in the third issue). This is an exceptional copy in jacket of Dos Passos's stark First World War novel, rare thus. Literary critic H. L. Mencken praised the book and its powerful influence in a review published in The Smart Set (October 1922): "Until Three Soldiers is forgotten and fancy achieves its inevitable victory over fact, no war story can be written in the United States without challenging comparison with itand no story that is less meticulously true will stand up to it. At one blast it disposed of oceans of romance and blather. It changed the whole tone of American opinion about the war; it even changed the recollections of actual veterans of the war. They saw, no doubt, substantially what Dos Passos saw, but it took his bold realism to disentangle their recollections from the prevailing buncombe and sentimentality."
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front in orange, top edge orange. With the dust jacket.
A fine copy in a superb jacket, only very slightly rubbed at the ends and corners and with the faintest sunning to spine panel.
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