New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1930. First Edition. Limited Issue, one of 260 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author, this being copy no.37. Octavo (26 cm.); blue cloth-covered boards titled in gilt on the cover and spine; top edge in gilt; deckle page edges; 105pp. Spine is toned; corners gently rubbed; a Very Good+ copy in a Near Fine glassine dustjacket, protected in archival sleeve.
Wilder's third novel, published in the first year of the Depression and famously savaged by Michael Gold in The New Republic for its failure to confront contemporary social themes. Gold's scathing review launched a national debate over the duty of contemporary literature to be "useful," and gave Wilder's book a notoriety which far exceeded its literary weight, which was slight, especially in comparison to his earlier masterpiece "The Bridge of San Luis Rey."