The World's End Series: World's End, Between Two Worlds, Dragon's Teeth, Wide Is The Gate, Presidential Agent, Dragon Harvest, A World To Win, Presidential Mission, One Clear Call, O Shepherd Speak! and The Return of Lanny Budd. RADICAL, PROLETARIAN LITERATURE.

The World's End Series: World's End, Between Two Worlds, Dragon's Teeth, Wide Is The Gate, Presidential Agent, Dragon Harvest, A World To Win, Presidential Mission, One Clear Call, O Shepherd Speak! and The Return of Lanny Budd

New York: The Viking Press, 1940-1953. First Editions. First Printings. Eleven octavo volumes (21.75cm); original burgundy, tan, and red cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver on spines and embossed onto front covers; topstains; dustjackets; [x],740,[2]; x,859,[3]; viii,631,[1]; [x],751,[7]; x,655,[7]; viii,703,[7]; viii,627,[5]; x,645,[1]; x,629,[1]; x,629,[1]; x,555,[3]pp. Some light wear to spine ends, topstains a little faded, a half-dozen volumes with offsetting to pastedowns and endpapers, bookplate to front pastedown in Dragon's Teeth, with two additional volumes bearing previous owners names on front pastedowns; a few spines gently sunned, with a few small tears along front hinge in Dragon Harvest; Very Good+ to Near Fine. Dustjackets all unclipped except for Dragon's Teeth; all volumes lightly edgeworn, a half-dozen volumes gently spine-sunned, most with some wear to spine ends, occasional dust-soil, some tiny tears and attendant creases, and a sprinkle of foxing; O Shepherd Speak has a few faint splash marks on verso; Very Good + overall.

Complete set of Sinclair's sweeping eleven-volume series, covering world events from World War I through the beginnings of the Cold War, and featuring his recurring character Lanny Budd. "In the novels he is Sinclair's alter ego: through him the author relives from his socialist-liberal perspective the events of his own adult life. Lanny is Superman enough to be here-there-and-everywhere over a thirty-five year period, yet Everyman enough to be a part of these events without displacing them in any way" (Ahouse, John. Upton Sinclair: A Descriptive, Annotated Bibliography, p.100). Written chiefly from 1938-48, Sinclair devoted himself with single-minded focus to "researching and interpreting the rise and spread of fascism against a background of world affairs. Because these events drove to a climax during the writing of the World's End novels, he was able to show the eventual destruction of the Axis war machine and its replacement by the new threats of communism and atomic weapons at the end of the series" (ibid). Sinclair's efforts won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Dragon's Teeth (1942), and the publication numbers for A World to Win, One Clear Call, and O Shepherd, Speak! were among the highest in his lengthy career. A difficult to assemble American epic, praised for its historical detail by Thomas Mann, H.G. Wells, Albert Einstein, and George Bernard Shaw. AHOUSE A69-78, 85.

Price: $3,500.00

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