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Carleton, Will.
City Ballads.

New York Harper & Brothers: 1886.

Carleton was also author of "Farm Ballads", Farm Legends", "Farm Festivals", and other books. He certainly relished the role of the city-outsider, and in his preface he notes- "the great drama of metropolitan existence falls most forcibly upon those just from the clear streams and green meadows of the country. Their impressions are deeper, and their feelings more intense than if they were city born and bred". Carleton's form and rhyme scheme seem dated today, but he conveys an intimate, if somewhat biased, view of American city life at the turn of the 19th century.

Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 180 pages, b/w illustrations pictorial covers in gilt and black showing a gleaming city hovering surrealistically over country scene. Light soil and scuffing, spotting to the endpapers.

Inventory #: 2592
Price: $ 40.00      

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