Beggar My Neighbour: A Novel. By E. D. Gerard. EMILY JANE AND DOROTHEA GERARD.

Beggar My Neighbour: A Novel. By E. D. Gerard.

Publisher: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1882.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wolff 2449.
Condition: As is sometimes encountered in Victorian novels, the original owner removed their signature by tearing them away from the top margin of the title-page - otherwise cloth slightly worn; a fine, bright copy.
Book ID: 26061


3 vols, 8vo, original decorated green cloth, gilt lettering. Leaf of publisher's ads for the authors' previous novel in volume one; 24-page publisher's catalogue in volume three.


¶ The second novel written in collaboration by the Gerard sisters, Emily Jane and Dorothea, who wrote under the quasi-pseudonym of "E. D. Gerard." Their first novel Reata, What's In A Name? (1880) centered on a half-German, half-Mexican woman, and Beggar My Neighbor uses a 19th century card game of the same name as a metaphor through which to examine the life of a hopeless gambler. Each chapter has a title with a play on words relating to cards: "The Cards are Dealt," "One of the Knaves," "She Lost the Trick," "The Cards are Shuffled," "Misdeal," "High Pay," "Discarded," "Between Partners," etc. See the DNB.

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