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Bramah, Ernest

ISBN 10: 0850468310 / ISBN 13: 9780850468311
Published by George H Doran (n.d.), NY
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition thus; pictorial boards with paper spine label. Bookplate designed by Rockwell Kent affixed to front fixed endpaper, tiny neat ink inscription by original owner. Minor wear to the attractive paper covered boards, VG+. Bookseller Inventory # 640

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Publisher: George H Doran (n.d.), NY

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

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The Wallet of Kai Lung is a collection of fantasy stories by Ernest Bramah, all but the last of which feature Kai Lung, an itinerant story-teller of ancient China. Although the collection is presented in the fashion of a novel, with each of its component stories designated chapters, there is no overall plot aside from each of the first eight tales being presented as narratives told by Kai Lung at various points in his itinerant career. The final tale is represented as being from a manuscript left by its own separate first-person narrator, Kin Yen.

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Ernest Bramah (20 March 1868 – 27 June 1942), born Ernest Brammah Smith, was an English author. He published 21 books and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works were ranked with Jerome K Jerome, and W.W. Jacobs, his detective stories with Conan Doyle, his politico-science fiction with H.G. Wells and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood. George Orwell acknowledged that Bramah’s book What Might Have Been influenced his Nineteen Eighty-Four. Bramah created the characters Kai Lung and Max Carrados. Bramah was a recluse who did not give the public details of his personal life. He died at 74 a successful author, having a knowledge of chemistry, physics, law, philosophy, the classics, literature, the occult and ordnance, and being an expert in a branch of numismatics.

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