The Story of a Country Town. AMERICAN FICTION, Edgar Watson Howe.

The Story of a Country Town.

Publisher: Atchison, Kas.: Howe & Co., 1883.
Edition: First edition, binding variant with the binder's name stamped in black at the foot of the spine.
Bibliographical References: Wright III, 2802.
Condition: Cloth a little spotted; fine copy.
Book ID: 23653


8vo, original gilt-decorated green cloth, gilt lettering. Frontis and one plate by W. L. Wells.


Howe's first book and a landmark in the development of American realistic fiction. Initially Howe couldn't find a publisher and resorted to printing it at his newspaper office. It rapidly gained national attention, and within a year James R. Osgood brought out an edition in Boston. The Story of a Country Town is “one of the most genuinely American stories ever published . . . [and] it is the first American novel fully to measure up to the ideal expressed in Garland's great plea for a national literature” - Fullerton, Selective Bibliography of American Literature, page 149.

Price: $175.00