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Signed first edition. Original blue cloth with dulled edges. Original printed dust jacket with price "7/6 NET". Some darkening of jacket with chipping along edges, back cover with some staining. Inscription to front endpaper: "To R. E. Neale. To whose suggestion (though I don't whether it was meant to be taken seriously) this very serious manual was written by his old friend and colleague Ralph Straus". Cartoon portrait frontis. Clean English text throughout, with one black & white portrait photo of Straus. ** Review: "The book is "the story of a novel, from the moment it is conceived in the author's brain until it reaches the reviewers' hands. Mr. Straus ... writes as novelist, publisher, and literary critic, exploiting every side of his experience with irresistible relish, contradicting himself in the cheeriest fashion, and generally providing a feast of amusement fresh in flavour, wittily spiced, and completed with the sauce of worldly wisdom to give life and meaning to the ingenuities of a brilliant practical joke." Pretty funny stuff in 1932, and although some of the in-jokes will be lost on today's readers, there remains a good deal of eternal truth about the publishing world, the vicissitudes of celebrity, the degradations of the marketplace, and so on." *** Ralph Straus (1882-1950) English novelist and biographer. Born in Manchester and educated at Harrow and Cambridge. He was a prolific novelist and biographer, with a special interest in Charles Dickens, about whom he wrote at least four books. **** R. E. Neale appears to have been a director of Chapman And Hall Limited - See A Year to Remember: A Reminiscence of 1931, By Alec Waugh.
Title: A Whip for the Woman Being (perhaps a little unexpectedly) an Impartial Account of the Present State of the novel Market, and Intended to be a Guide for all LIterary Aspirants. By Ralph Straus.
Publisher: London: Chapman and Hall Limited, MCMXXXI  . 0:
ISBN Number: 0
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