Cabbages and Kings

Henry, O. [William Sidney Porter]

Published by A.L. Burt, 1904
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Title: Cabbages and Kings
Publisher: A.L. Burt
Publication Date: 1904
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: Reprint

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O'HENRY / PORTER, WILLIAM SIDNEY
Published by Collins 1954 (1954)
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Book Description Collins 1954, 1954. Octavo hardcover (VG-); all our specials have minimal description to keep listing them viable. They are at least reading copies, complete and in reasonable condition, but usually secondhand; frequently they are superior examples. Ordering more than one book will reduce your overall postage costs. Bookseller Inventory # xxduf67683

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Henry, O. (Pseudonym of William Sidney Porter)
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Book Description Mcclure, Phillips & Company, New York, 1904. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. This is the First Edition, First Issue with McClure / Phillips / & Co. On the bottom spine end. The book is in Very Good+ condition and lacking the dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The illustrated front cover has noticeable rubbing and wear to the illustration and also to the spine lettering. The text pages are mostly clean and bright. There is some beginning foxing and a previous owner's label on the front pastedown (partially torn). This is the author's first book and written based on his experiences while in Honduras. "Porter's father-in-law posted bail to keep him out of jail. He was due to stand trial on July 7, 1896, but the day before, as he was changing trains to get to the courthouse, an impulse hit him. He fled, first to New Orleans and later to Honduras, with which the United States had no extradition treaty at that time. In Honduras, William lived only six months, until January 1897. There he became friends with Al Jennings, a notorious train robber, who later wrote a book about their friendship. He holed up in a Trujillo hotel, where he wrote Cabbages and Kings, in which he coined the term "banana republic" to qualify the country, a phrase subsequently used widely to describe a small, unstable tropical nation in Latin America with a narrowly focused, agrarian economy. Porter had sent Athol and Margaret back to Austin to live with Athol's parents. ". Bookseller Inventory # A34154

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HENRY, O., Pseudonym of William Sidney Porter.
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Book Description New York: McClure, Phillips, 1904. 12mo. [vi],344pp. Original pictorial black and red cloth. Some cover wear and staining. Vertical crease in spine cloth. Spine slightly cocked. Tear on margin of one page and on corner of another page, neither affecting letterpress. Page margins slightly dampstained. Minor stains on some pages and endpapers. Minor bumping on some corners. Inner front hinge starting, o/w contents good and tight. Sold as is, with all faults. *** FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE [with McClure, Phillips & Co on spine] of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. *** O. HENRY, pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, 1862-1910, American short-story writer whose tales romanticized the commonplace -- in particular the life of ordinary people in New York City. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humor, grim or ironic, and often had surprise endings, a device that became identified with his name and cost him critical favor when its vogue had passed. *** "Cabbages and Kings" depicted fantastic characters against exotic Honduran backgrounds. Bookseller Inventory # 001603

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HENRY, O. (psud. for WILLIAM SIDNEY PORTER). - [COINING THE TERM "BANANA REPUBLIC"]
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Book Description New York, McClure, Phillips & Co, 1904. Original pictorial full cloth in red, green and black, depiting kings and a cabbage head on the front board. Binding with minor wear to extremities. With a red cloth dust-jacket with gilt green title-label (original?). Dust-jacket with a bit of wear to capitals and corners and its title-label with very minor loss, far from affecting lettering. With the large book-plate of Darryl Zanuck (laid in loose). First edition, first issue ("Mc Clure/ Philips/ & co" to bottom of spine) - with an excellent provenance - of this classic work, which coined the term "banana republic", a term that came to greatly influence our view of Latin America and is now used in everyday vocabulary throughout the Western world. "Violent, poor and politically wobbly, Honduras meets most people's definition of banana republic. Its murder rate is the highest in the world; its economy in a pickle. Its problems are not new: the turbulent country has the dubious honour of being the place that first inspired the description "banana republic" more than a century ago. It was coined in a 1904 book of fiction by O. Henry, an American writer. Henry (whose real name was William Sydney Porter) was on the run from Texan authorities, who had charged him with embezzlement. He fled first to New Orleans and then to Honduras where, staying in a cheap hotel, he wrote "Cabbages and Kings", a collection of short stories. One, "The Admiral", was set in the fictional land of Anchuria, a "small, maritime banana republic". It is clear that the steamy, dysfunctional Latin republic he described is based on Honduras, his jungle hideaway. Henry eventually returned to the United States, where he spent time in prison before publishing his short stories and then hitting the bottle, leading to an early death. (T.W. in The Economist, Nov. 2013). O. Henry's phrase is appropriate in all senses of the expression. First, of course, it conjures up the image of a tropical, agrarian country. But more importantly, it refers to the influence of the American fruit companies of the period, which came to exercise an enormous influence over the countries in the region. In the early twentieth century, the United Fruit Company, a multinational American corporation, was instrumental to the creation of the banana republic as an economic and political phenomenon of geopolitics. Together with other American corporations - with occasional political, diplomatic, and military support from the U.S. government - the corporations created the political, economic, and social circumstances that established a banana-republic culture for the colonial exploitation of Central American countries such as Honduras and Guatemala. Thus, as the meaning of "banana republic" generally describes a politically unstable country in Latin America, dependent on the exportation of a limited-resource product, like bananas, it could also be defined as "a country in which foreign enterprises push the government around" (The Economist). The term "babana republic" is not only used as part of a general vocabulary, it is also used specifically in political science and in economic science. _________________________Darryl Francis Zanuck (1902 - 1979) was an American film producer and studio executive; he earlier contributed stories for films starting in the silent era. He played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors. "Darryl F. Zanuck was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable men ever to become a Hollywood mogul. " (IMDb). Bookseller Inventory # 54129

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