New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. Very Good / Very Good. Item #10448
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. First Edition. Octavo. 295 pp. Illustrated art-deco dust jacket with original $2.50 price present. Purple and pink boards stamped in gilt. Decorative endpapers. Dust jacket chipped with general rubbing. Boards worn along edges and gilt lettering scuffed. Binding is sound. Half title worn with loss of thin strip along bottom edge. Pages otherwise unmarked.
Newman gained critical acclaim with her first novel, Hard-boiled Virgin, which garnered high praise from the likes of Sherwood Anderson and James Branch Cabell. Her satirical and feminist take on Southern culture shocked those in her native Atlanta, and both her first novel and second, Dead Lovers, were banned in Boston for their sexual allusions. Newman's life and career were tragically cut short following the publication of Dead Lovers, from a brain hemorrhage or possibly a drug overdose after experiencing vision problems while travelling in Europe.
Newman fell into literary obscurity following her death, but her work continues to be rediscovered and studied. The University of Georgia Press reprinted both of her novels in the 1990s, and she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2018. First editions of her work remain scarce in retail and rare in dust jacket.