The Forbidden Zone.
Publisher: William Heinemann, Ltd., London;
Date of Publication: 1929
Stock Code: 7861
FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. , 199, . Frontispiece “Solitude” from the drypoint by Percy Smith. Publishers’ black cloth with gilt titles to spine and framed “Solitude” motif in gilt to upper board. Unclipped pictorial dust-jacket with slightly larger matching “Solitude” illustration. Spine tips very faintly creased; endpapers toned from jacket flaps. Contents clean and crisp, with no annotation or inscriptions. The unclipped dust-jacket just a little toned, mainly to spine and top edge, with very slight wear at head of spine. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dust-jacket.
Mary Borden (1886- 1968) was a Chicago heiress, successful author and socialite. She moved to London after her marriage (she had an affair there with Percy Wyndham Lewis) and became involved with politics and the suffragette movement. She funded and staffed a field hospital for French soldiers, situated just behind the trenches of the Western Front, where she nursed from 1914 until the end of the Great War. Written in a highly metaphorical style this collection of sketches and prose poems was written during the War years, and contemporary critics found her work graphic, compassionate, disturbing and sometimes surreal. Later compared to Hemingway and other WWI modernist novelists her work has undergone something of a reappraisal with “The Forbidden Zone” having been overshadowed at the time by her male contemporaries work. “Mary Borden's most enduring book is The Forbidden Zone (1929), sketches and poems written with a bleak realism that make this one of the greatest of all wartime books by a woman.” (ODNB). Borden went on to found the Hadfield Spears Ambulance Unit during the Second World War. Rare in dust-jacket, especially so in this condition.
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