The Build-Up by William Carlos Williams

The Build-Up by William Carlos Williams lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Fiction Author: W section.

London: Macgibbon & Kee, 1969, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

First British Edition. [First Published: New York, Random House, 1952]

From the cover: Following the publication here of White Mule and In the Money, we conclude the series of novels by William Carlos Williams about a family of American immigrants that began at the turn of the century.

To this major work of prose, Dr Williams committed much of his hope and fear for America: the initial poverty that acted as a challenge to the independent spirits arriving from a stultifying Europe and the achievement of the golden calf that lay at the end of the journey.

The Build-Up is a success story, with a difference. Joe Stecher and his wife have struggled from their early poverty and strangeness into social acceptance and comparative ease. But somewhere along the line they have not only lost the magic of their own youth. But the dream of America the golden has become the taste of brass. The whole work beautifully catches an America that has vanished, as well as forecasting the more alarming America-to-be.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine. Previous owners’ name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 335 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.

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