“IN YOUR WORK, DON’T YOU EVER FEEL TEMPTED TO SET A POOR DEVIL FREE?”
WHARTON, Edith. The Fruit of the Tree. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. Small octavo, original red cloth, uncut. $1650.
First edition, first printing, of Wharton’s classic novel about the tragic results of unregulated industry and the need for labor reform.
In this novel, Wharton examines such controversial topics as euthanasia, treatment of factory workers, divorce, and drug addiction. It's "an interesting and rewarding book in many ways—especially in its depiction of the heroine, Justine Brent, and her marriage to a weak man" (Modern American Women Writers, 389). This copy is first printing, first (American) issue, in publisher's binding B, no priority given. Without scarce original dust jacket. Garrison A14.I.a1.
A few leaves roughly opened, only slightest toning to spine. A bright, very nearly fine copy.