New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965. 1st Edition thus. Octavo, publisher's oatmeal cloth pictorially stamped in brown and lettered in blue and brown, top edge brown, original pictorial dust jacket, publisher's pre-publication review slip laid-in.
Review copy of the 1965 re-issue of Australian writer Stead's remarkable autobiographical novel of family dysfunction (originally published in 1940), the first edition with American poet Randall Jarrell's lengthy critical introduction, credited with introducing the book to a larger audience and helping to cement its status as a masterpiece. Stead, an avowed Marxist, lived a life constantly on the move, producing fiction, filmscripts, and political journalism in England, America and Europe, before a late-in-life return to Australia, where she finally received a measure of recognition for her work. In The Man Who Loved Children, she dramatizes her turmoiled childhood as one of six children of an egomaniacal father (recognisably her own, the noted biologst and conservationist David George Stead) and a feckless, mentally fragile stepmother: "She was an old-fashioned woman. She had the calm of frequentation; she belonged to this house and it to her. Though she was a prisoner in it, she possessed it. She and it were her marriage." Binding and dust jacket designed by Milton Glaser. Light foxing to endpapers, edges, and cloth; unclipped dust jacket with minor soiling and edgewear, including several small closed tears to spine-ends. Very good. Item #627