Item #28176 Poor Harriet. Elizabeth Fenwick.
"I enjoyed her and also my mamma enjoyed her" - Flannery O'Connor

Poor Harriet

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957. Very Good / Very Good. Item #28176

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957. First Edition, stated, with publisher's G-G code [July 1957]. Octavo; publisher's cloth-backed boards in white pictorial dust jacket by Arline and Marvin Oberman, original price ($2.95) still present; [6],185pp. Jacket a bit toned and dust-soiled, tiny tear at top spine edge, boards a bit scuffed, top textblock edge foxed, else a Very Good copy. A Harper Novel of Suspense.

The author's first attempt at crime fiction which garnered enough praise to lead to seven more works of suspense. Among Fenwick's greatest admirers was her friend Flannery O'Connor who wrote to her in the year of publication, "Well cheers for Poor Harriet! I enjoyed her and also my mamma enjoyed her and I must say you are lucky on your [dust] jackets...My mother read Poor Harriet straight through and kept saying 'Well I just don't see how she figured all this out, I just couldn't do it'" [The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor (1988), p. 233].

Despite this high praise from such a literary giant, Poor Harriet appears to have enjoyed a very limited print run with no other copies, in or out of her enviable dust jacket, on the market as of November, 2023.

Price: $250.00

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