FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. . Original coarse pinkish cloth, red stamped lettering and ruling to spine and upper board. Lean to spine, sunned. Small stain to bottom edge of bottom board. Edges dusty and spotted. Faint offsetting to endpapers, two POI to ffep. Short closed tear to first free leaf, some foxing, else, clean and bright. A very good copy of Smith’s incredibly popular proto-feminist, anti-war novel.
Approached by Marriott to produce a parody of All Quiet on the Western Front from a woman’s perspective – ‘All Quaint on the Western Front’ – on reading Remarque’s novel, Price thought the notion tasteless. Instead, borrowing an acquaintance’s war diary, she wrote the novel straight and brutal, and, apparently, so convincingly that many took it to be autobiographical. Not So Quiet recounts Helen Smith’s work as one of ‘England’s Splendid Daughters, a volunteer ambulance driver on the French front during WWI. The book won the Prix Severigne in France as the ‘novel most calculated to promote international peace’ (ODNB).
Author SMITH, Helen Zenna [PRICE, Evadne]
Condition Very Good