The title story, originally published in 'The Criterion' in 1924, features the author Marcel Proust, thinly disguised as the character Richard Kurt. Proust, presumably flattered by this 'hommage', reciprocated by helping Hudson's novels achieve French translation. Hudson himself translated Proust into English ('Time Regained') in 1931.
Stephen Hudson (1868–1944) is a pseudonym of the British novelist and translator Sydney Schiff, who wrote between 1910 and 1940. With a substantial private income from his commercially successful family, Schiff was a patron of the arts, with friendships in the musical, artistic and literary circles of England and France. His novels are now almost entirely forgotten; but his and his wife's significance as key figures of early Modernism, both as friends and facilitators to several major artists and writers, has recently been reassessed by Stephen Klaidman in a joint biography of the couple, "Sydney and Violet: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis" (2013)
The book is No. 44 of a limited edition of 700 copies. Bound in green cloth with gilt titles etc to front cover and spine; no dust-jacket - ?as issued. There is some general grubbiness and marking to the covers and page tops are dirty, but almost no signs of shelf wear, and the binding is tight. The wood engravings by John Nash all have their (unfixed) tissue guards. The text throughout is clean and bright with no markings. Some minimal foxing to the long page edges and endpapers only.