In the Cage: JAMES, HENRY (1843-1916)

In the Cage

JAMES, HENRY (1843-1916)

Published by Herbert S. Stone, Chicago & New York, 1898
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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First Printing. Bibliographers disagree as to priority of the American and English editions (see Kramer, p. 281). 8vo: [4],229,[3]pp. Publisher's gunmetal grey linen grain cloth, covers paneled in blind with lettering and florets in gilt; spine ruled, lettered and ornamented in gilt; top edge gilt, others untrimmed; title page in black and orange. Book plates of essayist Robert Palfrey Utter on front paste down and verso of front fly leaf. (After varied experiences, including editorial work on the Youth's Companion, reporting for the New York Evening Post, ranching in Mexico and graduate study at Harvard, Utter became in 1906 associate professor of English at Amherst, then, beginning in 1920, held the same position at the University of California.) An excellent copy, about Fine, with very slight spine lean. BAL 10630. Edel A51b. Kramer 159. "In August of 1898, James sent a copy of In the Cage to his friends Minnie and Paul Bourget. It was, he wrote, 'a poor little pot-boiling study of nothing at all'. . . . He was probably being modest, as he often was to friends about his work. However, James's reaction to the writing of the tale is curiously parallel to the experience of its protagonist, a London telegraph girl whose insight and imagination allow her to glimpse the secret lives of her upper-class customers. Her powers of observation and communication appear to open up possibilities of love and escape from the cage of her working routine. But much of what she sees and hopes for turns out on trial to be nothing at all. Like many of James's mature works, therefore, In the Cage is not so much about what happens as about how it is perceived and felt by his characters. This novella deliberately draws attention to the way in which language, especially the mechanised and commodified language of the telegraph, can distort and disrupt the human attempt to communicate." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1302

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Title: In the Cage

Publisher: Herbert S. Stone, Chicago & New York

Publication Date: 1898

Binding: Decorative Cloth

Book Condition:Fine-

Edition: First Edition.

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