The Early Life of Stephen Hind - Storm JamesonHarper & Row, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, slightly faded at the spine and scuffed on the panels. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages very gently age-tanned.
BOMC Edition. From the cover: “A young man scheming his way up through the world he wishes he’d been born into; an old man endlessly rewriting memoirs to be published fifty years after his death; the wives, mistresses (and the mother) who thwart or abet these two, often inadvertently: these are the people of an astute and lively novel which explores the universal human need to modify history... personal history. Stephen Hind is the young man on his way up; Sir Henry Chatteney is the aging grandee perpetually revising his autobiography. The setting is London, and that world in which intellect, elegance, politics and power meet. Stephen, born to meaner circumstances, has to train himself in various social and intellectual graces, but this is not too difficult for one whose purpose is firm, mind sharp and taste fastidious. He only requires opportunities to seize upon, and when they come he exploits them fully. It is not much help financially for Stephen to take a job as Sir Henry’s secretary. It is dull to type and retype the pages of his manuscript. But any publisher in England or America would pay enormously for the memoirs and Stephen is the only one — besides the author — who has read them. He dines out on his knowledge, contrives a job with London’s most distinguished publisher, enjoys a mutually useful liaison with the publisher’s wife, and conspires with Sir Henry’s. The society in which Stephen hopes to triumph values his good looks, agile brain and sexual talents, even when his motives are obvious. He does not have to produce results in order to succeed; he needs only to promise them. At twenty-seven his past is well behind him, his future assured. His “early life” is over.”