Vapautta Varrotessa ["Waiting for Freedom"]. Helmi MATTSON.

Vapautta Varrotessa ["Waiting for Freedom"]

Astoria, OR: Lahjaski "Toverittarelta" N.d. (ca 1920s). First Edition. Small octavo (19cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 94pp. Covers somewhat worn, with a few spots of discoloration; gift label inside front cover; text complete, clean and unmarked. A solid, presentable copy, about Very Good.

Volume of proletarian poetry by Helmi Mattson, among the more prominent Finnish-American women leftists of the interwar period. Born in Finland, Mattson emigrated to International Falls, Minnesota, married, then relocated to Astoria, Oregon where she edited the important Finnish women's periodical Toveritar. She later relocated to New York, where she edited the Finnish-language Communist organ Eteenpäin (see Kostiainen, Finns in the United States, 2014). The current work, dating from Mattson's Astoria period (ca 1920-1930), is uncommon; OCLC notes four locations only (Minnesota, LOC, U. Washington, Stanford).

Price: $150.00

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