Samuel Hopkins Adams
Illustrations by M Leon Bracker
Frank Palmer, London, 1913.
Hardback; 130 x 185 mm; pictorial red boards with titles in red and black on spine and front cover; 346 pages plus unpaginated leaf advertising other novels. No dust jacket.
The book is in good condition. The binding is sound and tight. Page ends foxed, and top page ends tanned. Front and back matter tanned and some foxing internally.
Samuel Hopkins Adams (1871 – 1958) was an American writer, best known for his investigative journalism, muckraking.
“Average Jones had come by his nickname inevitably. His parents had foredoomed him to it when they furnished him with the initials A. V. R. E. as preface to his birthright of J for Jones. His character apparently justified the chance concomitance. He was, so to speak, a composite photograph of any thousand well-conditioned, clean-living Americans between the ages of twenty-five and thirty. Happily, his otherwise commonplace face was relieved by the one unfailing characteristic of composite photographs, large, deep-set and thoughtful eyes. Otherwise he would have passed in any crowd, and nobody would have noticed him pass. Now, at twenty-seven, he looked back over the five years since his graduation from college and wondered what he had done with them; and at the four previous years of undergraduate life and wondered how he had done so well with those and why he had not in some manner justified the parting words of his favorite professor.”