review copy

The Old Gang and the New Gang.

London, Desmond Harmsworth, 1933.

8vo, pp. 62, [2]; publisher’s patterned grey cloth, grey dust-jacket printed in red; a fine copy, in a good jacket, spine browned, small scrape to upper corner of front cover; booklabel of the journalist, and broadcaster D. G. Bridson, later a friend of Lewis, with his scattered pencil marks in the margin; laid in loose is a cutting of Bridson’s review, published in The New English Weekly, 2 March 1934 (Morrow & Lafourcade F566, but wrongly dated).


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First edition, binding variant (1), a work on ‘youth cults’ and the rise of European dictatorships. Bridson’s review was not especially complimentary, noting ‘that peculiar “kiddish” idiom which Mr. Lewis uses to advantage in his satiric novels and to little purpose elsewhere … We can excuse his wasting of our time, perhaps, but we cannot so easily excuse the wasting of his own.’ Pound & Grover A19a; Morrow & Lafourcade A20.

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