Hard Cover. Boston: Privately printed by the Press of Thomas Todd Company, 1939. 1st Edition. Very Good.
Inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper: "For W. H. Neagle / with all good / wishes /from / Alice Brown / August, '39". With an autograph letter signed by the author, presenting this copy to Neagle. Publisher's olive green cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt. Very good, with some light wear to the extremities, a hint of faint toning to the spine, light stain to the bottom of the front board and spine, bright and clean interior. A lovely copy with a warm inscription and letter from the author. Fable and Song is a collection of privately printed poetry by Alice Brown, an acclaimed regional author best known for her stories relating to New England. After working as a schoolteacher for many years, Brown's literary success allowed her to move to Boston in 1884 and begin writing full-time. After moving to Boston, Brown produced novels at a rapid rate during the heyday of local-color literature, but when the genre's popularity began to wane with the 19th century, Brown's success also tapered off. She would remain in Boston at 11 Pickney Street, where she wrote the ALS included with this volume, until her death in 1948. This volume, published privately as a gift for her close friends, marks the beginning of the end of Brown's writing career; after 1935, Brown produced no more published writing.