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In this new edition of Janet Lewis’s classic short novel, The Wife of Martin Guerre, Swallow Press executive editor Kevin Haworth writes that Lewis’s story is “a short novel of astonishing depth and resonance, a sharply drawn historical tale that asks contemporary questions about identity and belonging, about men and women, and about an individual’s capacity to act within an inflexible system.” Originally published in 1941, The Wife of Martin Guerre has earned the respect and admiration of critics and readers for over sixty years.
Based on a notorious trial in sixteenth-century France, this story of Bertrande de Rols is the first of three novels making up Lewis’s Cases of Circumstantial Evidence suite (the other two are The Trial of Sören Qvist and The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron).
Swallow Press is delighted and honored to offer readers beautiful new editions of all three Cases of Circumstantial Evidence novels, each featuring a new introduction by Kevin Haworth.
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Janet Lewis was a novelist, poet, and short-story writer whose literary career spanned almost the entire twentieth century. The New York Times has praised her novels as “some of the 20th century’s most vividly imagined and finely wrought literature.” Born and educated in Chicago, she lived in California for most of her adult life and taught at both Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Her works include The Wife of Martin Guerre (1941), The Trial of Sören Qvist (1947), The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron (1959), Good-Bye, Son and Other Stories (1946), and Poems Old and New (1982).Review:
“One of the most significant short novels in English.”—Atlantic Monthly
“Lewis wrote her vibrant novella in 1941 as the first in her Cases of Circumstantial Evidence trilogy, which Swallow Press has brought back into print. The mystery here is not Martin’s identity, but why Janet Lewis remains obscure.”—NewPages
“Flaubertian in the elegance of its form and the gravity of its style.”—The New Yorker
“Ohio University Press/Swallow Press is reissuing all three novels in Lewis’s Cases of Circumstantial Evidence series in new editions with fancy new covers. They’re gorgeous.”—The Book Haven
“One of (the short novel’s) most perfect examples is Janet Lewis’s The Wife of Martin Guerre.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
“Janet Lewis brings the haunting qualities of fable to this novella, based on a legal case that attracted wide attention in 16th-century France and has continued to fascinate down through the years.”
— Ron Hansen, The Wall Street Journal
“One of the most significant short novels in English.”
— Atlantic Monthly
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR004224850
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR003205820
Book Description Penguin UK. Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0140041931I5N10
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR004159256
Book Description Penguin, UK, 1977. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. later printing PB, pictorial card covers, 96pp. Moderate rubbing, creasing to covers, inside has light tanning to page edges, and PO pencil cartoon at back, else square, clean & tight with no other markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # jen002257
Book Description Penguin, UK, 1984. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. Reprint. PB, pictorial card covers, 96pp. Moderate rubbing, creasing to covers, inside has tanning to page edges, and PO name to h/title page, else square, clean & tight with no other markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # jen002970
Book Description Penguin, 1977. Soft cover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. Creased and tanned pages. Seller Inventory # 001803
Book Description Penguin, 1984. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. (Film/TV tie-in). (edges "tanned") (photo on front cover & film reference) (reprint). Seller Inventory # 20432
Book Description Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1986. Pictorial Wraps. Condition: Near Fine. Reprint. The classic sixteenth-century love story. Cover illustration by Neil Breeden. Printed in Great Britain. Former owner's neat ink name to first page, otherwise a very nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 95pp. SB-84. Size: 20 x 13cm. Seller Inventory # 022751
Book Description Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1977. Pictorial Wraps. Condition: Very Good. First Thus. The classic sixteenth-century love story. First Penguin printing. Mass market paperback. Printed in Great Britain. Slight shelfwear, otherwise a nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 95pp. SB-115. Size: 18 x 11cm. Seller Inventory # 024744