8vo, pp. 303, ; first few leaves foxed, else a very good copy; publisher’s green cloth, spine sunned, wanting the dustjacket; bookplate of the journalist and broadcaster D. G. Bridson, later a friend of Lewis.
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Men without Art …
First edition; Lewis takes on and demolishes Hemingway, Faulkner, and Woolf. Bridson reviewed the book in The Criterion in January 1935, pp. 335-337.
Pound & Grover A21a; Morrow & Lafourcade A22.
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