London: Faber and Faber, 1958. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's plum cloth, spine stamped in gilt and white, original blue paper dust jacket printed in black and red.
Djuna Barnes’s harrowing three act tragedy set in England after the start of WWII and centered around the reunion of the Hobbs family in their ancestral home. Her last play before her death in 1952 and considered by Barnes herself to be her most important work, it explores themes such as betrayal, family dynamics, regression, and transgression. Originally a well-respected journalist and illustrator, Barnes later turned to prose and long-form fiction after befriending a group of Greenwich Village Bohemian artists and writers of the likes of Edmund Wilson and Bernice Abbott who afforded her the opportunity to publish her work. She then turned to an expatriate lifestyle, living in Paris and the UK which heavily influenced her writing, as well as the setting for the present play, before returning back to New York City during the 1940s. Offsetting from binder’s glue to endpaper; toning to unclipped dust jacket and shallow chip to upper corner. Very good. Item #4843