American Mercury Reader, 1944 Edited by Lawrence E Spivak and Charles Angoff
The American Mercury Reader, 1944, edited by Lawrence E. Spivak and Charles Angoff, comprises a "Selection of distinguished articles, stories, and poems ..." published in The American Mercury magazine from the mid 1920s to the early 1940s with some illustrations.
Dealing with social problems, ideas, Black and Native Americans, it presents a history of America through the Jazz Age and the Period of the Great Depression.
The authors included are some of the most distinguished writers of the period - Sinclair Lewis, James Weldon Johnson, H. L. Mencken, Charles A. Beard and Sherwood Anderson, to name the first five in the collection.
Considering the fine reputation of The American Mercury, this collectible hardcover anthology is a treasury of the best thinkers and writers of the pre-World War II period - a true find for everyone interested in American literature and American history, culture and society.
Titles range from "Crazy Sunday" by F. Scott Fitzgerald to "American Marriage" by Mary Austin, the expert on American Indian life, and "The South Kills Another Negro" by William Bradford Huie.
The 75+ year old book is in good vintage / antique condition - firm binding, a little normal browning of pages, noticeable wear on the book cover at the binding edges and the corners. No marks except the stamped name and address of a former owner. The green cover shows wear to be expected in an antiquarian book of this age, especially along the spine - which has a 1/2 inch tear at the top. There is no dust jacket.
It measures 5 1/2 inches by 8 inches by 1 inch and has 378 pages.
Publisher: The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia