Family Crisis 1940 Sherlock Gass ~ Novel of Family Business in 1890's Ohio ~ University of Nebraska Author ~ fin de siecle America


Title: Family Crisis

Author: Sherlock Bronson Gass

Description: First edition. Green cloth boards stamped in gilt. Orange topstain. Interior is unmarked, clean, and pages are crisp. Dust jacket shows wear at ends of spine (including a small chip near top) and at its corners; a couple closed tears on rear panel; not price clipped ($2.50 on rear flap). DJ in archival sleeve. x, 278 pp. 8.25 x 5.5 inches.

Gass's autobiographically-based novel, recalling his family's experiences and struggles in Ohio during the last years of the 1890s. This is an American story of a family with its back up against the financial wall, wherein the whole family rolls up its sleeves after father buys a wretched little laundry, and battles for independence amid the various changes in economy, technology, and society. "Villains and crooks, farmers and shopkeepers, servants and joy-girls, union leaders and bankers, sheriffs and hunted men, society leaders and the submerged, and even the humble animals pass by" in Gass's portrayal of the forward march of life in fin-de-siecle America.

Sherlock Bronson Gass (1878-1945) was a professor, novelist and essayist. He joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1905 and spent the next four decades teaching English and rhetoric.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock
Place: New York
Year: 1940

Keywords: novel, fiction, Nebraska authors, Americana, Dayton, Ohio, 1890s, family business,

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