This realistic second novel by the author of Weeds depicts the struggle for survival of two unmarried women in California’s Imperial Valley in the 1920s.
In her lifetime, Edith Summers Kelley had one novel published, the recently rediscovered Weeds, first published in 1923. Fifty years later this remarkable novel was republished and was, belatedly, recognized as a “lost masterpiece,” “a major work of American fiction.” Following the republication of Weeds, the manuscript for this previously unpublished novel, The Devil’s Hand, was found among his mother’s papers by Patrick Kelley, who has written an appended memoir.
In this second novel, according to Matthew J. Bruccoli, Edith Summers Kelley again proves herself to be a superior writer of realistic fiction.
The story is about fragile and dreamy, romantically unfulfilled Rhoda Malone and her stalwart and forthright friend Kate Baxter who, enjoying the emancipation of women after World War I, leave Philadelphia and the monotony of office jobs to become farmers. In California’s Imperial Valley, among Japanese, Hindus, Mexicans, and a scattering of Americans, the two women become trapped in the struggle for survival.
Like Weeds, The Devil’s Hand, has strength, fine emotional control, and is also an important sociological novel. Readers who hailed the rediscovery of Weeds will welcome this impressive recovered novel.
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Edith Summers Kelley was born in Canada in 1884. She died in California in 1956. Her son Patrick lives in California.
Matthew J. Bruccoli is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina.
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Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1974. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3078120
Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1974. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP48099411
Book Description Southern Illinois University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0809306751I4N10
Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0809306751
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Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First printing. First edition, 1974. Cloth hardcover with dust jacket, 301 pp., Near Fine copy in Very Good dust jacket, some soil and discoloration to the dust jacket, minor wear to the dust jacket including some rubbing and some light creasing to the tips. Bookseller Inventory # s0007279
Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, Carondale and Edwardsville, IN, 1974. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First Edition. Miniature book (about 3"); bookjacket stained along front spine. Part of Lost American Fiction series edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. FITZ. Bookseller Inventory # 000465
Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Yes, with plastic cover. Slight wear to bottom edges of boards. Small grease mark at bottom of front cover. Book is square and binding is tight. Pages are clean and bright. Former library book with usual library stamps, tape stains, markings and shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 3251
Book Description Southern Illinois Univ Pr, Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.A., 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Brown hard cover cloth. Very tight binding, 301 pgs. Dust jacket corners slightly rubbed. Minor scrapes, few small foxing marks on back. Ships within 24 hrs. Bookseller Inventory # 002098
Book Description Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1974.) dj, 1974. SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The second novel by the author of the 'lost masterpiece' Weeds, originally written in 1924 but never published during her lifetime, and only discovered after Bruccoli and Southern Illinois University Press brought 'Weeds' back into print. With an afterword by Matthew J. Bruccoli which quotes many of Kelley's letters to Upton Sinclair while she was working on this novel, and a postscript by Patrick Kelley in which he gives a personal glimpse of what is mother was like. Association copy INSCRIBED by Bruccoli to the novelist William Humphrey with the comment 'because he likes Weeds. The fourth volume in the 'Lost American Fiction' series under the editorship of Bruccoli. 301 pp plus a textual note. Near fine in a very good dust jacket (faint foxing on the fore-edge and some light foxing the spine and rear cover of the dust jacket.) Uncommon signed. Bookseller Inventory # 52734