Moral Philosophy. SOCIAL FICTION, pseud Leroy Stoner, "Leroy"

Moral Philosophy

Kansas City: Press of Ramsey, Millett, & Hudson, 1887. First Edition. Scarce volume of home-grown Midwestern social philsophy, mostly in the form of a series of fictional dialogues between the author, who refers to himself as "Mugwump," and a mysterious, all-knowing stranger named "Melicus of Luola" (the author's appropriation of contemporary utopian narrative strategies is subtle enough that we hesitate to tag this work as "utopian fiction," but a fantasy element is certainly present). The two hash out such pressing issues of the day as the immigration problem; the contrasting governmental systems of Russia and America; and the ascendancy of the Dunkard church. Of the author we can discover only that he was a well-to-do farmer of Centreview, Missouri and that he published one volume of Wright-listed fiction ("Adventures of a Rustic," 1890). The current work not in Wright, despite its obvious fictional content; catalogued in WorldCat but with no physical locations found. Octavo (20cm). Original mustard wrappers, printed in black on front cover; 100pp. Mild external wear and soil, else Near Fine.

Price: $250.00

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