The private papers of a bankrupt bookseller

[YOUNG, William Darling]


Publisher: Edinburgh/London, Oliver and Boyd, 1932. Second edition, revised
Description: pp308; 8vo, green cloth with paper label on spine, dust jacket (price-clipped). Toning to front endpaper (only) from the jacket flap, else a very good copy

The first novel (published anonymously) by Young [1885-1962]. The son of a family of drapers, he made his mark in WWI, being Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded the Military Cross with bar. He served in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence in the 1920s, and with Hugh Pollard printed `The Weekly Summary: a synopsis of the war from a British perspective’. He was Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1941-44, a Unionist MP in the British House of Commons from 1945-1957, a Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland 1942-57, and a prominent business man. He was knighted in 1943. He managed to find time to author several books, of which this is the first, published anonymously. In this book he praises A.E.Helps’ poetry anthology `Songs and Ballads of Greater Brittain’ [1913], writing `to me it is curious how prolific the Australians have been’. He quotes the poet Henry Kendall with special praise

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