Spring Song, and Other Stories - Joyce CaryLondon: Michael Joseph, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
First in this edition, first 1960.
From the cover: “Joyce Cary, one of the foremost English novelists of the last thirty years, intended to publish his short stories in book form with the title Spring Song. During the winter of 1956-7 he revised some stories, and wrote four new ones, but he had not completed the preparation of the volumes when he died in March 1957.
Spring Song contains all his finished short stories including five which have not been published before. They are set in Africa, in England, in the present or the past, in a child’s microcosm, a Nigerian bush station, a businessman’s home, a soldier’s night under the stars. Their characters are as various as their settings — devoted mothers, children practising to be grown-ups or in rebellion, harassed men trying to reconcile dream and reality. In length and technique they show the same extraordinary variety.
Variety is the constant of these stories. And, however various their themes and techniques, all of them are constant in revealing the author’s love and compassion for men, his deep awareness of good and evil, his strange personal mixture of irony, simplicity and fun, and his joy of life.”