Beyond the Breakers: A Story of the Present Day

By: Owen, R[obert]. Dale

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Book Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [lightly shelfworn, slight fraying to cloth at top of spine; a good solid copy with firm binding and intact hinges; small bookseller's ticket at bottom of front pastedown (Robert S. Davis &Co., Booksellers & Stationers, 193 Liberty St., Pittsburgh, Pa.); one-time owner's rubber-stamp on ffep and title page; gilt lettering and trim on spine is just slightly rubbed, but still easily readable]. (engraved plates) A late novel by this Scottish-born politician and social reformer (1801-1877), a prolific author of pamphlets and books who was known as a proponent of the utopian socialist beliefs of his father, Robert Owen. (The two worked together in managing the famous experimental socialist-utopian community at New Harmony, Indiana, in the 1820s.) He later served in the U.S. Congress, where he was a key figure in the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution; he was also a believer in Spiritualism. The novel, also subtitled "Village Life in the West," is set in "the sober Quaker state of Pennsylvania" -- at least according to the opening paragraph, although parts of the story seem to take place in Ohio and Indiana. Per a contemporary review, the plot chronicles "the fortunes of an honest Irishman of Philadelphia," but also seems to involve two sisters and their husbands. Originally serialized in Lippincott's Magazine, the year before its publication in book form.

Title: Beyond the Breakers: A Story of the Present Day

Author: Owen, R[obert]. Dale

Illustrator: Illustrated by E.B. Bensell

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott & Co.: 1870

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 24587

Keywords: Philadelphia