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Item #73560 An Eye for an Eye, New York, 1905. First edition, Paul Darrow's copy. Clarence Darrow, Paul Darrow's copy.
An Eye for an Eye, New York, 1905. First edition, Paul Darrow's copy.
An Eye for an Eye, New York, 1905. First edition, Paul Darrow's copy.

An Eye for an Eye, New York, 1905. First edition, Paul Darrow's copy.

Paul Darrow's Copy Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. An Eye for an Eye. New York: Fox, Duffield & Company, 1905. 213 pp. Original cream publisher's cloth, black-stamped title and author name to front board and spine. Light rubbing and soiling to boards and extremities, light fading to spine, front hinge cracked, faint offsetting to pastedowns, ownership signature of Paul E. Darrow to front free endpaper. Light toning and occasional very light foxing to interior, otherwise clean. $500. * First edition, one of several 1905 issues for which priority has not been established. An Eye for an Eye was Darrow's only fictional work, aside from his autobiographical novel, Farmington, published in 1904. It tells the story of Jim Jackson, who struggles with poverty and harsh circumstances before finally murdering his wife in a fit of rage. Faced with the gallows, Jackson confesses: "If ther'd been forty scaffolds right before my eyes, I'd have brought down the poker just the same." Darrow's novel is a sociological polemic which foreshadows such later works as Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Abe Ravitz in his Clarence Darrow and the American Literary Tradition (1962) observed that An Eye for an Eye was worthy of a trophy not only for sociological veracity but also for genuine literary achievement. Our copy was owned by Darrow's son Paul [1883-1956], his only child. Paul was a businessman in Chicago for most of his adult life. Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 55.

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