DAVID HARUM, A Story of American Life


Published by D. Appleton and Company, NEW YORK, 1899
Condition: Good Hardcover
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NICE LOOKING TAN COVER WITH GREEN RED AND WHITE DESIGN AND PRINT ON THE FRONT AND GREEN PRINT SPINE. WEAR ON OUTSIDE FROM AGE, SOME LETTERS WORN OFF ON SPINE. INSIDE TIGHT, FORMER OWNERS NAME AND STATE IN FRONT, NO OTHER MARKINGS, FEW ADVERTISING PAGES BACK. Edward Noyes Westcott (September 27, 1846 - March 31, 1898) was an American banker and writer. Westcott is best known for his book David Harum, a novel set in upstate New York. When he was afflicted with chronic tuberculosis in 1895, he was forced to take an extended leave from work, and during that period he wrote David Harum. The manuscript was rejected by several publishers before it came to Ripley Hitchcock at Appleton in December 1897. With Westcott's permission Ripley made a few minor changes to the book which subsequently became a bestseller. David Harum; A Story of American Life is a best-selling novel of 1899 whose principal legacy is the colloquial use of the term horse trading. Written by retired Syracuse, New York banker, Edward Noyes Westcott, the work was rejected by six publishers before being accepted for publication by D. Appleton & Company. Published in the fall of 1898, some six months after the author's death, it sold an impressive 400,000 copies during the following year. Although the book contains the mandatory love story, the character and philosophy of the title character, small town banker and horse trader David Harum, expressed in the dialect of 19th-century rural central New York is the focus of the book. The main appeal of the work seems to have been to businessmen, attracted by its approval of a much more relaxed code of business ethics then was presented in most novels of the time. ANTIQUE BOOKS DEN, WHERE HISTORY LIVES. Bookseller Inventory # 000908

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Title: DAVID HARUM, A Story of American Life

Publisher: D. Appleton and Company, NEW YORK

Publication Date: 1899

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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