Truro, MA: Pamet Press, 1942. First Edition. Octavo. Green cloth boards, lettered in white on spine; dustjacket; 233pp. Light wear and fading to board extremities; jacket faded and with small losses at edges; Very Good.
An odd left-wing political allegory, set within a community of orchard-dwelling birds; Robin Red-Breast, a class-conscious defector from the bourgeois ranks, occupies the central and heroic role; sparrows comprise the proletariat; sparrow-hawks (the Capitalists, apparently, of the avian kingdom) and blue-jays (their fascist lackeys) are the villains. Boyden, from an upper-middle-class Cape Cod background, worked primarily as a poet (her first collection, Toward Equilibrium, won the Midland Author's Prize for 1930). She was a member of the American Writer's Congress and was among the delegation of writers (including Jack Conroy and Nelson Algren) that traveled to Alabama in 1935 to challenge the state's sedition laws. The current work uncommon. Not in Hanna.