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Thomas Seltzer, NY, 1923. Second Printing (September, 1923). 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". Black embossed cloth, deckled pages, gilt/black letters. Spine bumping, hd & ft. corners. Previous seller's price markings, in pencil, top of fff. No other markings. On heavy stock. Cover gilt has dulled, but still legible. Small bookshop label, inner corner of back board. The spine is sun-faded, and heavily canted. Still solidly bound. 286 pages.
Evelyn Scott (January 17, 1893 – August 3, 1963) was an American novelist, playwright and poet. A modernist and experimental writer, Scott "was a significant literary figure in the 1920s and 1930s, but she eventually sank into critical oblivion." [Scura & Jones, "Evelyn Scott: Recovering a Lost Modernist".]
Her first husband was Cyril Kay-Scott, but she also had an affair with Owen Merton, father of Thomas Merton (the well-known Catholic author). Scott later married the English writer John Metcalfe.
She sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms Ernest Souza and Elsie Dunn.
In 1913, at the age of nineteen, Elsie Dunn - later to be known as Evelyn Scott - turned her back on the genteel Southern world she was born into and ran off to Brazil with a married Tulane University dean more than twice her age. Living in tropical exile under assumed names, the couple produced a son and endured a grueling series of hardships and failures that would provide Evelyn Scott with the raw material for a singular work of fictionalized autobiography. That work, published in 1923 amid expressions of mingled outrage and admiration from the critical establishment, was "Escapade".
While offering a chronicle of the runaways' Brazilian interlude, "Escapade" is a tale both literary and autobiographical, filled with striking imagery and written in a style that is audacious and extraordinary modern. Indeed, in many ways the book anticipates Scott's 1929 modernist masterpiece "The Wave", widely considered to be one of the greatest Civil War novels ever written. Though present-day readers are unlikely to be shocked by the adulterous liaison depicted here, they will find much of interest - and much to admire - in this spare but beautiful account of one woman's daring rejection of the mores of her time.