Publisher: [Chicago: n.p.], (1897).
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 64100281 & 71848624 record three copies: Stanford, OSU and Chicago.
Condition: Paper browned; wrappers somewhat stained around the edges and a little worn; a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 27456
Description8vo, original pictorial wrappers, 169 pages. Below the image on the upper wrapper is "Published for the Trade."
CommentsOne of about twelve recorded works of fiction by Paul James Duff, all classic examples of the pulp fiction genre that flourished during the 1890s. Little is known about Duff, other than that he resided and published his works in Chicago between circa 1890 and 1910. He is noted in Clarence Andrews’ Chicago in Story: A Literary History. Duff’s work employs the standard sensational devices of vice in its many forms (infidelity, lust, prostitution, gambling and greed, etc.), and among his characters are hack newspaper reporters, devious businessmen, and innocent and naïve (typically young women) refugees from rural America. In his brief preface Duff writes "The following story, true almost to detail, comprises every phase of social life; presents every feature by which the woman about town may be recognized - a class of feminity - who is at once a club member, a public temperance leader and lo! a private tippler. Rosa's Confession should not fail to impress the reader, while giving him a private glimpse of 'living pictures' heretofore securely veiled.” This copy is a duplicate from the Ohio State University Pratt Circulating Library collection. The duplicates were consigned to Serendipity Books in the late 1990s.