WAR NURSE. The True Story of a Woman Who Lived, Loved and Suffered on the Western Front

West, Rebecca. aka Cicily [also Cecily] Isabel Fairfield. 1892 - 1983]

Published by Cosmopolitan, New York, 1930
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[6], 265 pp. Crown 8vo. Originally published in serial form in Cosmopolitan in the late 1920s, and falsely advertised as a journalistic account drawn from the heroine's own diaries, the novel depicts the adventures and love affairs of a wealthy young New Yorker turned nurse in World War I. Due to its frank and rather bleak portrayal of the sexual mores and moral ambiguity of the WWI and post-war era, the novel was considered somewhat shocking for its day. West disowned the novel when it was issued as a book in 1930 -- presumably more out of dissatisfaction with the novel's limitations than out of a desire to avoid controversy. This the first edition in book form, uncommon in a jacket. Gilt bright. Slight lean. Bit of spotting to top edge. Withal, a VG+ copy in a VG jacket that shows some edgewear, light soiling & chipping to spine panel ends. Black cloth binding stamped in gilt. Red topstain. White dust jacket with color pictorial of a nurse to front panel. Bookseller Inventory # 9226.3

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Title: WAR NURSE. The True Story of a Woman Who ...

Publisher: Cosmopolitan, New York

Publication Date: 1930

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st edition.

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