TORRENTS OF SPRING: A Romantic Novel in Honor of the Passing of a Great Race
Price: 22,500.00 USD
(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, VERY RARE ADVANCE COPY WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH AND PUBLISHER'S TYPED STATEMENT AFFIXED ANNOUNCING THE FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION OF "THE SUN ALSO RISES" AND WITH FORD MADDOX FORD'S LAUDATORY COMMENT ON HEMINGWAY. THIS IS THE AUTHOR'S FIRST LONG WORK TO BE PUBLISHED. Although it was written after THE SUN ALSO RISES --"to cool out," Hemingway explained-- THE TORRENTS OF SPRING was published prior to his more famous novel. It was written as a parody of Sherwood Anderson's Dark Laughter. "It seems to have started as a knockabout parody of Sherwood Anderson's mechanized folkware" (quoted in THE HEMINGWAY READER). Written in ten days, it is a satirical treatment of pretentious writers. Hemingway received a mixed reaction to the novella that was sharply critical of other authors. His wife Hadley believed the characterization of Anderson was "nasty", while F. Scott Fitzgerald considered the novella to be a masterpiece. First edition, First Issue with nine titles listed on the rear panel of the dustjacket. A superb advance copy of the first printing, with an original photograph of Hemingway tipped in and the printed publisher's biographical statement affixed, announcing that " "The Sun Also Rises" will be published by Charles Scribner's Sons in the Fall" 8vo, original black cloth lettered in red on the spine and upper cover. , 143 pp. A very fine, especially well preserved copy of Hemingway's first novel, clean and solid, hinges firm, the jacket with a bit of mellowing caused by time and with a small chip to the tip of the jacket's spine panel.