THE DRAMATISER’S COPY

The Revenge for Love.

London, Cassell & Co. Ltd., [1937].

8vo, pp. [6], 422; publisher’s dull orange cloth, blue dust-jacket printed in black; a very good copy in a good jacket, spine sunned as always, a little creased, old repairs to covers and edges; bookplate of the BBC broadcaster D. G. Bridson, with his pencil marks in the margins in Chapter VI.

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First edition, very scarce in the dust-jacket, of ‘one of Lewis’s finest novels … a brilliant novel of character’ (Bridson, The Filibuster), set in pre-Civil War Spain and centred on an incident of Communist gun-running on the border. ‘Here for once, Communism is accepted as a fact of life – and one which can even be treated dispassionately as the sincere faith of a professional revolutionary’ (ibid.) Lewis thought it ‘the best complete work of fiction I have written’, but Cassell demanded numerous changes to avoid possible libel suits and tried to offload the work onto Jonathan Cape.

Bridson’s adaptation of the novel for radio was broadcast on 23 June 1957; it was the last of Lewis’s works which he adapted, and although it was discussed with Lewis, ‘he died before the project could be put in hand’ (Bridson ‘Checklist’, in Pound & Grover).

Pound & Grover A25a; Morrow & Lafourcade A25a.

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