A Stricken Field. Martha Gellhorn.
A Stricken Field
A Stricken Field

A Stricken Field

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's buckram cloth, spine and upper board stamped in red, top edge stained red, original illustrated dust jacket.

Gellhorn's novel of conscience, about an American war correspondent in Prague who finds herself abandoning her journalistic objectivity as she gets drawn into the seething politics of the city's refugee crisis in the weeks following the Munich Agreement. "Is there any place to go, Mary thought, where you don't see or hear or know? She sat in the disordered, blue satin-paneled room and said over the names of the lovely distant places... Kenya, Hawaii, Tahiti, Martinique... Then she thought: what has ever happened to you, yourself, to make you such an outstanding coward?" Gellhorn, herself a trailblazing foreign correspondent, was famously married to Ernest Hemingway, and wrote the novel from Finca Vigía, his home in Cuba, shortly after having undergone an ordeal similar to that of her protagonist's. She dedicated the book to Hemingway, and it was published the same year as For Whom the Bell Tolls, his novel of the Spanish Civil War, which he dedicated to her, and which, despite having a different publisher, features strikingly similar dust jacket art. A previous owner has mounted two clipped magazine photos of the couple in their honeymoon phase to the front free endpaper and the following blank page. Bookplate to front pastedown. Some offsetting from mounted photos. Light toning to board edges; unclipped dust jacket with very light soiling and edgewear. Near fine. Item #327

$500.00

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