A Poor Man's House - Stephen ReynoldsLondon: London Magazine Editions, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the spine. Leans. Pages very gently age-tanned. Price Clipped.
From the cover: “In 1906 Stephen Reynolds abandoned for ever his comfortable middle-class existence to share the hardships of a fisherman’s life at Sidmouth in Devon. There he lodged with the Woolley family (the Widgers of this book) who managed to cram themselves, their lodger and anything up to six children into an untidy, poky, fish-smelling, cat-ridden cottage. In A Poor Man’s House Reynolds set out to report and record ‘poor men’s lives that scarcely anybody fathoms’. He experiences with the fishermen the danger, pain and exultation of scavenging a living from the sea. He gives us not only the teeming underlife of society but also a community of unforgettable people, above all Tony Widger, in whom gusto, courage, resourcefulness and gaiety were admirably combined. Reynold’s book, first published in 1908, grew directly out of his letters from Sidmouth to Edward Garnett and was immediately acclaimed by critics such as Bennett and Buchan, Galsworthy and Conrad.”