To Beg I Am Ashamed: The Authentic Autobiography of a London Prostitute. Sheila COUSINS.

To Beg I Am Ashamed: The Authentic Autobiography of a London Prostitute

New York: Vanguard Press, 1938. First American Edition. Octavo (20cm). Blue cloth boards lettered in black; original printed dustjacket; 283pp. Cloth just slightly faded at spine ends and board extremities; hint of darkening to endpapers, else a clean, tight copy, Very Good or better, in the scarce original dustwrapper which is price-clipped (as usual), stained and soiled overall and with tears and losses (but no loss to printed areas); just VG.

A work which has frequently been attributed to Graham Greene. Given the lack of hard evidence, we are not prepared to weigh in on whether Greene authored, co-authored, edited, or had anything to do with the book -- it is in any case an extremely well-written and closely-observed account of the London sexual underworld of the thirties, clearly written from first-hand observation. The book was suppressed in England, and all but a few of the Routledge edition were destroyed; this New York edition appeared the same year and, while certainly not as scarce as its English counterpart it is certainly a tough book to find in collectible condition.

Price: $200.00

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