Item #10851 THE FRUIT OF THE TREE. Edith Wharton.


With Illustrations by Alonzo Kimball. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. 4 pp undated ads. Original red cloth.

First Edition of this novel set against the background of American industry, published in the year the author left America for Europe.

This little-known novel... was considered controversial for its frank treatment of such issues as labor and industrial conditions, drug addiction, mercy killing, desire, and divorce and second marriages. John Amherst, an idealistic middle-manager in a New England textile mill, is committed to improving the deplorable working conditions of the laborers in his charge. But upper management, whose only concern is maximizing profits, frustrates his efforts. When Amherst eventually marries Bessy Westmore, the widow of the former mill owner, he is able at last to initiate an ambitious project of reform. But happiness for John and Bessy proves to be short-lived. It quickly becomes clear that Bessy does not understand and cannot share her husband's passion for fair labor conditions and industrial reform. She even resents the time he devotes to his work and the way in which his expenditures impact her extravagant lifestyle... [LC]

This copy is in red cloth; some are in greyish-brown cloth with a spine label ("priority undetermined"). This is a near-fine copy, with essentially no soil or wear, and with little of the usual fading of the spine. Garrison A14.I.a. Item #10851

Price: $150.00

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