A Walk on the Wild Side
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy
Place: New York
346 pages. Octavo (8 1/2" x 6") issued in blue and yellow with gilt lettering to cover, and black and gilt to spine. 1st edition.
This is a story that tries to tell something about the natural toughness of women and men, in that order. Although it is for the most part about New Orleans in the 1930's, Algren lied to think it was about any street of any big town in the country. Algren writes of the people of Perido Street in the Old French Quarter; of "Furnished Rooms, Hotel, and places even more dubious: of "spook-green halls the very hue of distrust" - the haunts of those who live on the wold side of life. These battered people have not lost their individuality, or their appeal. Girls like Kitty Twist, for example: "That's not my real handle, of course. It's just what they took to callin' me in The Home. I'm seventeen almost eighteen'n I've run from five homes. I'll keep on runnin' til I'm eigthteen. Then I'll marry a good pickpocket and settle down." An me like Dove LInkhorne: "I do have a very strong mind. I reckon a men with a mind as strong as mine could in time prize up creation and put a small chink under it."
Small chip at spine head, previous owner's name and date on front end paper, small bump at front head cover, jacke spine ends lightly chipped and rubbed else a very good copy in like jacket.
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