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The Pride of Palomar

Peter B. Kyne

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ISBN 10: 1125604999 / ISBN 13: 9781125604991
Published by Cosmopolitan Book, 1921
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed. Signed and inscribed by the author on the front free page: For Marguerite Barth, Sincerely Peter B. Kyne, July of '28. No other markings in book. Binding is tight. Sunned spine. Publisher is Grosset and Dunlap. Peter B. Kyne (1880-1957) was an American novelist who wrote between 1904 and 1940. Many of his works were adapted into screenplays starting in the silent era, particularly his first novel, The Three Godfathers, which was published in 1913 and proved to be a huge success. He is credited in 110 films between 1914 and 1952. When still under 18, he lied about his age and enlisted in Company L, 14th US Infantry, which served in the Philippines from 1898 to 1899. The Spanish-American War and the following insurrection of General Emilio Aguinaldo provided background for many of Kyne's later stories. During World War I, he served as a captain in Battery A of the 144th field Artillery, known as the California Grizzlies. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000009561

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Title: The Pride of Palomar

Publisher: Cosmopolitan Book

Publication Date: 1921

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ.

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A passage from the book... I have at last finished writing "The Pride of Palomar." It isn't at all what I wanted it to be; it isn't at all what I planned it to be, but it does contain something of what you and I both feel, something of what you wanted me to put into it. Indeed, I shall always wish to think that it contains just a few faint little echoes of the spirit of that old California that was fast vanishing when I first disturbed the quiet of the Mission Dolores with infantile shrieks-when you first gazed upon the redwood-studded hills of Sonoma County. You adventured with me in my quest for local color for "The Valley of the Giants," in Northern California; you performed a similar service in Southern California last summer and unearthed for me more local color, more touches of tender sentiment than I could use. Therefore, "The Pride of Palomar" is peculiarly your book. On a day a year ago, when the story was still so vague I could scarcely find words in which to sketch for you an outline of the novel I purposed writing, you said: "It will be a good story. I'm sold on it already!" To you the hacienda of a Rancho Palomar will always bring delightful recollections of the gracious hospitality of Seņor Cave Coutts, sitting at the head of that table hewed in the forties. Little did Seņor Coutts realize that he, the last of the dons in San Diego County, was to furnish copy for my novel; that his pride of ancestry, both American and Castilian, his love for his ancestral hacienda at the Rancho Guajome, and his old-fashioned garden with the great Bougainvillea in flower, were the ingredients necessary to the production of what I trust will be a book with a mission.

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