Sunday, June 30, 2013

Few Were Left by Harold Rein


I think this must be the dust-jacket find of the day. It wasn't until I got it home that I looked to see and the artwork is by John Minton: quality will always out! The book itself is trailed really well in the blurb, "A novel which described with grim certainty of detail, the story of a band of people trapped in a New York underground after a monstrous catastrophe has sealed all the exits." Published by Methuen in 1955, it was a first novel: and possibly a last novel too if a short dig around on the internet is anything to go by!

3 comments:

Cosmo said...

On the Arbery Books catalogue you linked to I note they have listed on an entry for Aubrey Fowkes: "Almost nothing is known about “Fowkes” except that he also wrote as “Esmond Quinterley". This seems a common confusion! However, he's ID'd in 'Bullies, Beaks and Flannelled Fools: An Annotated Bibliography of Boys' School Fiction 1742-2000 by Robert Kirkpatrick London, 1990. His real name was Richard Vere Cripps (born 10 May 1901, 163 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park; died 2 Jul 1976 ). He wrote 'Nero and Sporus: A Play: (1924) under his real name. The London Gazette online shows that during WW 2 he worked in the Administrative and Special Duties Branch of the Royal Air Force. I've seen a letter from him to Caton begging to be paid (late or non-payment seems to have been Caton's modus operandi), and at the time he was living in Cornwall looking after his sick mother. Maybe worth a Wikipedia entry? His books certainly have, if nothing else, high camp value.

J said...

I'm rather surprised to see this "disaster novel" was also published in New York! Unfortunately, though one of the libraries I access online has a copy, it doesn't circulate, but would have to be read there...

Approveds said...

Cosmo, Very interesting about Richard Vere Cripps. I thought he was an old Victorian Gentleman! Must go and see where he lived.

 
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