New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (20.5cm); blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 300pp. Hint of sunning to spine, with rubber-stamped 'C' on rear pastedown; very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, spine-sunned, with light edgewear and a few tiny nicks at the crown; Very Good+.
Tully's final novel, a nostalgic look at his family, upbringing, and Ohio roots, as well as a young boy's life on the road. "Biddy Brogan, the son of Irish immigrant parents, grows up the hard way. From an Ohio orphanage where he receives what formal education he is to acquire, he goes at age twelve to live in Chicago with an older sister, Virginia. Unable to come to terms with life in Chicago, Biddy takes to the road, doing migrant farm work in Wyoming; prize fighting in Arizona, Mexico, and California; and writing for a newspaper in Ohio. After each stint, he returns to his sister's comfortable world, until he finally settles down to a life of writing" (from "Illinois! Illinois! An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction"). An attractive copy. PROUTY 12.