"NOW LET ME CONTRADICT MYSELF GENEROUSLY, AND BE ALTOGETHER UNSYSTEMATIC, FOR HUMOR'S SAKE": ROBERT GRAVES ON THE FUTURE OF HUMOR, 1928 FIRST EDITION OF MRS. FISHER
GRAVES, Robert. Mrs Fisher, or the Future of Humour. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1928. 12mo, original plum boards, printed paper spine and cover labels, original dust jacket.
First edition of Graves' delightful and wide-ranging essay on the future of humor, in the scarce original dust jacket.
"Later in the Autumn [of 1928], when he was enjoying the critical success of his latest book, Mrs Fisher; or the Future of Humour, to which Laura [Riding] had contributed many suggestions, Nancy [Graves' wife] made an impetuous visit to London and decided to stay" (Seymour, Robert Graves: Life on the Edge, 161). "The difficulty about the Future of Humour is, of course, that if the writer does his job conscientiously his examples of the humor of the future will be consistently not-yet-funny and therefore altogether unplausible; so he will forfeit his claim to a sense of humor in the present" (page 6). With publisher's 24-page ad catalogue at rear. Higginson A30.
Book fine, slightly toned dust jacket with light edge-wear, a few short closed tears, unrestored and extremely good.