First Act : White Mule [and] In the Money: WILLIAMS, William Carlos (1883-1963) First Act : White Mule [and] In the Money: WILLIAMS, William Carlos (1883-1963) First Act : White Mule [and] In the Money: WILLIAMS, William Carlos (1883-1963) First Act : White Mule [and] In the Money: WILLIAMS, William Carlos (1883-1963)

First Act : White Mule [and] In the Money

WILLIAMS, William Carlos (1883-1963)

Published by New Directions [through 1945], Norfolk, Conn, 1937
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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First Printing of the first combined edition, bound from the first edition sheets of each novel with two separate title pages identical to the originals and no separate title page added. Short, thick 8vo: [8],293[3]; 382pp. Publisher's gray cloth, spine stamped in crimson, top edge stained crimson, original rough beige paper dust jacket printed in black. About Fine, spine end bumped and small spot of fading on upper cover; Near Fine or better jacket, spine and flaps lightly toned, several tiny nicks and chips to corners not affecting lettering or design. Wallace A21b. During the social crises of the 1930s and early 1940s, Williams explored the social realist argument that art ought primarily to fight economic injustice. His novel trilogy, White Mule (1937), In the Money (1940), and The Build-Up (1952), as his many poems and plays, focused on his fond tolerance of middle-class life and apple-pie America, and on one family in particular-his wife, Flossie's (Florence Herman), and its immigrant experience. ("The facts are true," Williams wrote, "the situations fictionalized.") He conceived the idea for White Mule because he wanted to write about a baby-he delivered more than two thousand in his career as a pediatrician-and had heard stories of Flossie's babyhood. But beyond the story of the infant Floss Stecher is the story of her infant American family, particularly her parents, Joe and Gurlie. Gurlie is a veritable goddess of the home, constantly urging her husband to get into the game, beat the other fellow, and make money. Joe's principal motivation, however, is his pride of workmanship: he is the pure artisan, a man not yet been alienated from the product of his labor, who considers money the reward of labor and nothing else. In the Money follows Joe as he establishes his own printing business and moves to the suburbs, making way for the picture of middle-class life Williams presents in The Build-Up. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1287

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Title: First Act : White Mule [and] In the Money

Publisher: New Directions [through 1945], Norfolk, Conn

Publication Date: 1937

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine-

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Edition: First Edition.

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