Title The Fall of a Nation; a sequel to The Birth of a Nation
Book Condition Good in Good dj
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York/London D. Appleton and Company 1916
Illustrator Illustrated by Charles Wrenn
Seller ID 23511
(price-clipped) [a Good-only copy, rear hinge cracked and front hinge starting, moderate soiling to covers and edges of text block, spine cloth a little darkened and spotted, contemporary (non-authorial) gift inscription on ffep; jacket edgeworn and soiled, various tiny tears and nicks along top edge, faint dampstaining to lower half of spine (not too visible externally), rubbing/surface-scratching to front panel, etc.]. (frontispiece + five B&W plates) Although billed as a "sequel" to THE BIRTH OF A NATION (which of course was not a Dixon book at all, but D.W. Griffith's film adaptation of Dixon's 1905 novel "The Clansman"), this novel is actually nothing of the sort. As the New York Times summarized it, it's a speculative yarn about "an enormously rich American who conspires with the monarchies of Europe to deliver the United States, bound, gagged, and helpless, into their hands to become a province of an Imperial Federation, for which he is to be made a Prince and its Governor General," all presented in "a galloping style that never stops to consider such small things as probability, or human nature, or logical sequence." Its literary merits were more or less irrelevant, though, for it was so much more than just a novel: it was just one element of a canny multi-media blitz by the North Carolina-born Baptist minister, playwright and literary demagogue to capitalize on the enormous success of Griffith's film. The book in essence is a "novelization" of Dixon's own film of the same name, which went into production in the fall of 1915, when BIRTH was still pulling in huge crowds across the country. It had been serialized in various newspapers as early as December 1915, with this hardcover version was timed to appear almost simultaneously with the film, which premiered in New York in May of 1916.
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