Full Measure

By: Storm, Hans Otto

Price: $100.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

[good solid copy, light soiling to top edge, one-time owner's pencil signature at top of ffep; jacket is moderately edgeworn, with a few small tears and associated minor creasing, shallow chip at base of spine]. The first novel by the least-known of "The Boys in the Back Room," so dubbed by critic Edmund Wilson in his 1940 book of the same name, subtitled "Notes on California Novelists." Although linking Storm with John Steinbeck as practitioners of "more ambitious writing" (in comparison to James M. Cain, John O'Hara and William Saroyan, all of whom he somewhat disses), Wilson managed to overlook this novel entirely, referring to Storm's 1937 novel "Pity the Tyrant" as his first book. (Although to be fair to Wilson, neither did Storm's publishers make any allusion to it in the blurbs for his later books; apparently everybody had just decided that it was an early "failure" and thus best left unmentioned.) Storm, a radio engineer by profession, used his deep knowledge of the early days of that industry -- when the emphasis was entirely on engineering and utilitarian communication and not at all on entertainment -- as the background for the "tragedies and comedies of men and women caught in the whirling wheels of the business machine." The book's fictional corporation, "American National Telegraphs," is headquartered in Pittsburgh, but its enterprises propel the book's protagonists all over the place; major episodes are set in Central America, California (including Los Angeles) and China. Storm had his most productive literary spurt a little later on, turning out three books (and catching Wilson's attention) between 1937 and 1940, but his career was cut short by his untimely, accidental, and somewhat ironic death in late 1941: he had continued to work in the radio industry, and was electrocuted while working on an Army Signal Corps transmitter in San Francisco. Terrific wrap-around dust jacket art by George Carlson.

Title: Full Measure

Author: Storm, Hans Otto

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj design) George Carlson

Categories: Fiction: Vintage,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1929

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

Seller ID: 17462

Keywords: Radio Communication Industry Dust Jacket Art 1920s