"YOU WON'T KNOW TILL LONG, LONG AFTERWARD"
WHARTON, Edith. Tales of Men and Ghosts. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910. Small octavo, original red cloth, top edge gilt, uncut and partly unopened, original dust jacket; housed in a custom chemise and slipcase.
First edition of Wharton’s collection of short stories, many dealing with the supernatural, in the very scarce original dust jacket.
"The most striking thing about these tales is the recurrent preoccupation with the theme of the double—the alter ego, the shadow self" (Cynthia Woolf). "Edith Wharton was committed to the proposition that the modern world is a perfectly congenial habitat for ghosts… a giant in the field of American supernatural fiction, she brought the same sophistication and mastery of psychological nuance to her ghost stories as she did to her distinguished novels" (Tymn, Horror Literature 3-253). Includes the first book publication of Wharton's short story "Afterward," the chilling tale of a haunted house that only reveals its ghosts in retrospect. Garrison A18.I.a. Small bookstore label.
Book fine, dust jacket with a bit of chipping, mainly to spine head, and toning to spine. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.