Title The Life of Me
Book Condition Very Good+
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York Dodge Publishing Company (c.1910)
Illustrator Illustrated by Harry L. Miller
Seller ID 16497
(blue embossed cloth w/gilt lettering and decoration, top edge gilt; no dust jacket) [nice-looking book despite some visible wear at the bottom corners; gilt lettering on spine and front cover still bright, as is the gilt topstain; a bit of foxing/staining to ffep and tissue covering frontispiece]. (frontispiece, 41 B&W drawings/plates) The autobiography of a young child, from infancy to approximately age two-and-a-half -- written in a consciously "adult" narrative voice. More than a little unnerving at times, given the apparent agony that the child's arrival has brought to this kid's mother -- such as expressed when he's still in his crib, and she stands over him declaring "I never wanted to be anybody's mother! ... This should never have come to me. It is a merciless trial to both the child and myself, and it is all wrong. I wish I were dead ... I wish -- God hear me! -- I wish I should wake in the morning to find that this child was gone!" I'd say this kid's future therapist has his work cut out for him!
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