Circus Parade

London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. First U.K. Edition. Octavo (19.5cm); purple cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamed in pale metallic green on spine and front cover; 248pp. Forward lean, small stain to lower left corner of front board, with a hint of sunning to spine; clean throughout; Very Good+ or better. Dustjacket is price-clipped, lightly edgeworn and a bit spine-sunned, with some rubbing to joints, and a few small nicks and short tears; Very Good+.

"Despite its cheery-sounding title, Circus Parade is light years away from Toby Tylerland, presenting a dark, violent and thoroughly unromanticized portrait of life on the road with a traveling show -- described by Tully as "generally a canvas nest of petty thieves and criminals among the lower gentry." The book's depictions of casual brutality -- including a shocking account of the troupe's exploitation of a young black girl's sexual favors -- got it banned in Boston and caused an uproar with circus fans (and, unsurprisingly, circus owners), which helped to put the kibosh on a proposed film adaptation by James Cruze" (PROUTY 4). Uncommon, particularly in dustjacket - among the titles by American author's published during Knopf's short-lived London years.

Price: $1,250.00

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