Ferment

Ferment

Philadelphia: Farrar & Rinehart, 1937. First edition. A novel about "strikes, labor wars, incipient Fascism, and leftward-bound unions" (this from Clifton Fadiman's 1937 review), written in a strong big-city vernacular that Fadiman praised as "clear and honest as the ting of good glassware." This was McIntyre's second Depression-era novel, following the well-received "Steps Going Down;" like its predecessor it combines aspects of hard-boiled underworld fiction with political and social concerns to create what turned out to be a highly unpopular hybrid. Though his books received favorable attention from critics they never sold well (even by 1930's standards), and McIntyre has faded into an undeserved obscurity. HANNA 2315. BLAKE p.262. COAN p.84. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 403pp. Light overall wear, with fading to board edges; in complete dustjacketwith shallow chips at extremities, with old adhesive wax residue to verso -- attractive enough on the shelf, but just Very Good thus.

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