The Great American Ass, an Autobiography

Anonymous [C.L. Edson] Charles Leroy Edson

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Octavo. 316pp. inscribed by the author C.L. Edson, To/Hugh Wale's/ Mother by/the anonymous/author/C.L. Edson/ Topeka, Dec. 6, 1937. He has also drawn an "ass". "This is an authentic autobiography of a descendant of a Puritan family . The names in this book have been made deliberately and purposely fictitious. This autobiography is presented solely for its interest and value as a strange and moving human document."--Publishers' Note. Bound in lilac cloth lettered in gilt spine lettering gilt. A very nice, sharp cornered copy. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Great American Ass, an Autobiography
Publisher: Brentano's
Edition: First Edition.

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Book Description Brentano's, New York, 1926. hardcover. Condition: Very good copy. 1st edition.. 8vo, 316 pp. Seller Inventory # 070756

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Book Description Brentano's, New York, 1926. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Gilt lettering on lilac color cloth covered boards. 8vo, 316pp. Spine lightly sunned & has 2 short [1/4"] top edge tears. This is an authentic autobiography of a descendant of a Puritan family . The names in this book have been made deliberately and purposely fictitious. Content fine. Seller Inventory # 001050

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Book Description Brentano's, NY, 1926. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. grey c w/gilt titles; lite discoloration on front cover; ; lite wear/tear at spine/tips; ownr's name, insc and plate; in mylar protective wraps An authentic autobiography of a decendant of a Puritan family. Life on Kansas farm, author becomes New York newspaper columnist Size: 8 Vo; 2 Pounds. Seller Inventory # 054911

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Book Description Brentano's, NY, 1926. Hardcover. Condition: G+. No Jacket. First Edition.. 316 pp, the book and contents are solid and tight, pges are clean, covers are tight and have some rubbing, light soil, and some corner wear, a very solid and usable book. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Seller Inventory # 004550

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Book Description NY, 316p. (Very Good or better unless otherwise noted). Seller Inventory # 212

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Book Description N.y.Brentano's[1926], 1926. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 316pp.gilt lettering.Some spots on back cover.owvg. dw. few small chips. 0.0. Seller Inventory # 2730

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Book Description Brentano's, Inc., New York. 1926, 1st edition. (hardcover) Very good. [6], 316pp, [2]. Tall 8vo. Mauve smooth-cloth boards, lettering in gilt to spine and top board, publisher's device blindstamped in the bottom corner of the bottom board. Spine deeply-toned, lettering faded; head and tail chipped. Corners bumped. Top-edge coloured dark-green; bottom edge untrimmed. Starting at title page, not split. "The Great American Ass" written by anonymous. So writ because the author truly wished to remain anonymous because they're an ass? Perhaps the title is best understood through the author's own words (taken entirely in-context, of course): "I wonder, recalling Aunt Annabelle's warning to me and the other children. She recounted scores of instances where our kinsfolk had died of locked bowels, due to neglect of purgatives. And we would each and all be stricken and perish if we didn't keep that one function in mind" (p.5). Surely that is the reason for this publication! To keep that one function of the Great American Ass in mind! The publisher's note states that "this is an authentic autobiography of a descendant of a Puritan family. The vibrant livingness of its pages it unfailingly conveyed to the reader".I call rubbish. Hogwash. A load of drivel. Rather, this book was written "to control another bad American habit, an amendment to their venerable constipation" (p.6)! The Great American Ass, indeed. Please note: This is NOT a biography of that 45th Buffoon of the Great U. S. Of A. Seller Inventory # 117554

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