Methuen, 1961, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First Edition
green end-papers; When he went up to Cambridge to do research on the later novels of Henry James, Noel Perrin followed the example of many other young Americans: he buried his passport under a pile of socks and tried to be more English than the English. He deceived everyone, with the disastrous exception of the local English soldiery. This anecdote opens a most entertaining volume of essays and stories. Noel Perrin will be familiar to readers of Punch, The New Statesman and The New Yorker, and this first collection of his writing shows him fantastic, humorous (at times in a gently academic vein) and always acute in his observation of modern life. He makes a thwarted effort to hear nightingales sing in Madingley Wood. He has a calamitous ski-ing holiday in Switzerland. He investigates a pigeon-kicking society at Columbia University. He observes the sisterly pressure which brought 'Monk' Lewis to turn his notorious pornographic novel into a moral tale. He dramatises Noah Webster's losing struggle with Old Testament vocabulary in his attempt to purify the Bible. Here is a book of many delights, always lively, always intelligent, presenting some unappreciated aspects of life in England and America. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 181 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Slight foxing to top edge. Dust Jacket has small closed tears, but otherwise complete and overall sound.. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Previous owner's signature in ink. Gilt titles spine. green cloth. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Essays & Literary Criticism; Short Stories; Cambridge; Humour. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3059.