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Book Description

Left Book Club Edition. 8vo. Red paper boards, lettered in black. Spine a little browned, wear and pushing to extremities, bottom corners bumped, a couple of chips and dents. Scantest spotting to endpapers, text block tanned, as usual, else, clean and tight.
Dealer Notes
Murray Constantine was the most successful of Katharine Burdekin’s pseudonyms, and a well-kept secret for almost half a century, until the mid-1980s, when academic Daphne Patai finally revealed Burdekin’s identity, with the help of her family (though simultaneously, and tantalisingly, casting a veil over “the woman who was to become her lifelong friend and companion,” who much earlier was described by H.D. in a letter to Havelock Ellis “as a sort of Bryher”) (see Patai, 1985 and Elizabeth English, 2013). Of Burdekin’s interwar feminist dystopian fiction, the speculative Swastika Night has proved most popular, becoming a sci-fi classic. Originally published by Gollancz in 1937, the LBC edition (itself fairly scarce) is prefaced by a rather anxious Publisher’s Note, highlighting: “1. It was written and first published in 1937; 2. The picture painted must be considered prophetic—symbolic of what would happen to the world if Hitler were to impose his will (as he must not) upon it.”
Author CONSTANTINE, Murray [BURDEKIN, Katharine]
Date 1940
Publisher London: Victor Gollancz/ Left Book Club
Condition Very good

Price: £110.00

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