Ditte: Girl Alive. Martin Andersen NEXO.

Ditte: Girl Alive

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1920. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth with titles and design stamped in gilt on the spine; dustjacket; 268pp, [2] ads. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, with a few tiny nicks at spine ends and three faint splash marks on the spine.

The first volume of Nexo's Ditte trilogy, a major work by Nexo, who was the leading exponent of the proletarian genre in Danish. Ditte: Girl Alive tells the story of an illegitimate child of Danish laborers, and her struggle to rise abover her poverty and wretched station in life. In many ways, Ditte's story mirrors that of the protagonist in Nexo's four-part masterpiece, Pelle the Conqueror. Basis for the classic 1946 film Ditte, Daughter of Man, directed by Bjarne Henning-Jensen and starring Tove Maes in the title role. First editions of the Ditte books are scarce in or out of jacket, this being the best copy we've seen.

Price: $350.00

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