The Kingdom of Smoke: Sketches of My People

New York: Nicholas L. Brown, 1932. First Trade Edition. Scarce volume of proletarian poetry, set in the coal fields of southern Illinois -- "vivid accounts of men who dig themselves to death," to quote the prospectus. Kimmel became friends with Ernest Hemingway while an ambulance driver in the First World War; his poems, published in this and two other volumes, earned him the sobriquet "The Sandburg of the Coal Fields." With frontispiece and two inserted leaves of plates by Hugo Gellert. Cloth boards; paper spine label; dustjacket; 73pp; illus. INSCRIBED by the author on front endpaper: "For Bobby & Alex / from a Kimmel who never will be an Admiral, for he cannot live on water / Stanley." Slight offsetting to endpapers, two pages near rear roughly opened, with loss to one character of text; else Fine, in lightly edgeworn jacket.

Price: $150.00

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