Franklin Evans, or, The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times

Whitman, Walter

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New York, 1929. 8vo, patterned cloth, 248 pp. One of 700 copies printed at the Merrymount Press. A near fine copy with slight fading to cloth at spine. Contents fine with pages uncut. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Franklin Evans, or, The Inebriate: A Tale of...
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1929
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
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Walter Whitman, Christopher Castiglia, Glenn Hendler
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Book Description Duke University Press. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Franklin Evans, or the Inebriate: A Tale of the Times, Walter Whitman, Christopher Castiglia, Glenn Hendler, Not many people know that Walt Whitman - arguably the pre-eminent American poet of the nineteenth century - began his literary career as a novelist. Out of print since 1967, Franklin Evans, or the Inebriate: A Tale of the Times, was his first and only novel. Published in 1842, during a period of intense temperance movement activity, it became Whitman's most popular work during his lifetime, selling some twenty thousand copies. The novel tells the rags-to-riches story of Franklin Evans, an innocent young man from the Long Island countryside who seeks his fortune in New York City. Corrupted by music halls, theatres, and above all taverns, he gradually becomes a drunkard. Until the very end of the tale, Evans' efforts to reform fail, and each time he resumes drinking, another series of misadventures ensues. Along the way, he tries to ally himself with several powerful, wealthy men, and he marries twice. His first wife dies the victim of his drunken neglect, and his second wife - a Creole slave that he rescues from a lascivious overseer - kills herself after murdering his mistress. The death of one of his benefactors finally prompts Evans to sign a "total abstinence pledge." The editors' substantial introduction locates Franklin Evans in relation to Whitman's life and career, mid-nineteenth-century American print culture, and many of the developments and institutions the novel depicts, including urbanization, immigration, slavery, the temperance movement, and new understandings of class, race, gender, and sexuality. This edition includes three very short temperance stories Whitman published at about the same time as he did Franklin Evans, the surviving fragment of what appears to be another unfinished temperance novel by Whitman, and a temperance speech by Abraham Lincoln from the same year Franklin Evans was published. Bookseller Inventory # B9780822339427

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Book Description Duke University Press, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 224 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Not many people know that Walt Whitman-arguably the preeminent American poet of the nineteenth century-began his literary career as a novelist. Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times was his first and only novel. Published in 1842, during a period of widespread temperance activity, it became Whitman s most popular work during his lifetime, selling some twenty thousand copies. The novel tells the rags-to-riches story of Franklin Evans, an innocent young man from the Long Island countryside who seeks his fortune in New York City. Corrupted by music halls, theaters, and above all taverns, he gradually becomes a drunkard. Until the very end of the tale, Evans s efforts to abstain fail, and each time he resumes drinking, another series of misadventures ensues. Along the way, Evans encounters a world of mores and conventions rapidly changing in response to the vicissitudes of slavery, investment capital, urban mass culture, and fervent reform. Although Evans finally signs a temperance pledge, his sobriety remains haunted by the often contradictory and unsettling changes in antebellum American culture.The editors substantial introduction situates Franklin Evans in relation to Whitman s life and career, mid-nineteenth-century American print culture, and many of the developments and institutions the novel depicts, including urbanization, immigration, slavery, the temperance movement, and new understandings of class, race, gender, and sexuality. This edition includes a short temperance story Whitman published at about the same time as he did Franklin Evans, the surviving fragment of what appears to be another unfinished temperance novel by Whitman, and a temperance speech Abraham Lincoln gave the same year that Franklin Evans was published. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780822339427

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Book Description Duke University Press, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 224 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Not many people know that Walt Whitman-arguably the preeminent American poet of the nineteenth century-began his literary career as a novelist. Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times was his first and only novel. Published in 1842, during a period of widespread temperance activity, it became Whitman s most popular work during his lifetime, selling some twenty thousand copies. The novel tells the rags-to-riches story of Franklin Evans, an innocent young man from the Long Island countryside who seeks his fortune in New York City. Corrupted by music halls, theaters, and above all taverns, he gradually becomes a drunkard. Until the very end of the tale, Evans s efforts to abstain fail, and each time he resumes drinking, another series of misadventures ensues. Along the way, Evans encounters a world of mores and conventions rapidly changing in response to the vicissitudes of slavery, investment capital, urban mass culture, and fervent reform. Although Evans finally signs a temperance pledge, his sobriety remains haunted by the often contradictory and unsettling changes in antebellum American culture.The editors substantial introduction situates Franklin Evans in relation to Whitman s life and career, mid-nineteenth-century American print culture, and many of the developments and institutions the novel depicts, including urbanization, immigration, slavery, the temperance movement, and new understandings of class, race, gender, and sexuality. This edition includes a short temperance story Whitman published at about the same time as he did Franklin Evans, the surviving fragment of what appears to be another unfinished temperance novel by Whitman, and a temperance speech Abraham Lincoln gave the same year that Franklin Evans was published. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780822339427

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Book Description Random House, New York, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No jacket as issued. First edition thus. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo., xxiii, (1), 249 pp. Bound in publisher's speckled cloth with title label on spine. t.e.g. Tips lightly rubbed. Spine lightly sun faded. Still an attractive, near fine copy. --------------------------- One of only 700 copies of this book printed by D.B. Updike of Merrymount Press, Boston. One of Whitman's earliest long fiction works, the novel Franklin Evans; or, The Inebriate, first published November 23, 1842, is a temperance novel. Whitman wrote the novel at the height of popularity of the Washingtonian movement though the movement itself was plagued with contradictions, as was Franklin Evans. Years later Whitman claimed he was embarrassed by the book and called it a "damned rot". He dismissed it by saying he wrote the novel in three days solely for money while he was under the influence of alcohol himself. Bookseller Inventory # 000336

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Book Description Random House,, NY:, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Introduction by Emory Holloway. First edition thus (700 copies). Small octavo, bound in blue decorated boards with a small paper label on the spine, top edge gilt. Somewhat faded along the spine, else very good. No dust jacket. Binding is solid and tight. ; 249 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 36649

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