Under the Sun: Stories, Poems, Articles from Elizabethan and Other Sources - John Verney & Patricia CampbellLondon: Constable Young Books, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small sticker ghost to the upper panel. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block and the blanks. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Includes: Black & white drawings; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “Much of the material in this generous anthology first appeared in the magazine Elizabethan. However, in addition to this contemporary “lucky dip” of stories, poems, articles and jokes, the Editors have ranged widely round the world and into the past and future. There are, among others, stories by Anton Tchehov, Conan Doyle, Saki, Damon Runyon, Rudyard Kipling, Ray Bradbury, James Thurber, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain, Jonathan Swift, James Boswell, Max Beerbohm; a full length novel by Robert Nathan; and both new and familiar poems. In notes at the end of the book John Verney talks about each author, and shows his place in the pattern of world literature.
Of this exciting collection the Editors say: “Our target is the great mass of boys and girls who have left childhood behind without having yet become fully fledged adults, who enjoy an adventure story but can equally appreciate the satire of Beyond the Fringe and Jonathan Swift, and who like being asked to think. They want to travel, but need to know where to. They are wondering what career to follow, and meanwhile how to earn some pocket-money in their spare time. They are approaching adult life with intense curiosity, with some anxiety and with a good deal of healthy scepticism. In short, this is meant for all those who, emerging into the full daylight of the world, are passionately interested in pretty well anything under the sun.
John Verney is well known as writer and artist for both adults and young people, and he and Patricia Campbell have, for some years, been joint Editors of the magazine Elizabethan. They are both uniquely qualified for the preparation of this volume.
The collection is illustrated with many drawings, for the most part by contemporary illustrators.”