Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942. First Edition. Near Fine / Very Good.
First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Chidester to Irma Wyckoff, secretary to Maxwell Perkins: "With best wishes to Miss Wyckoff, Sincerely, Ann Chidester". Additionally laid in to this copy are a typed letter signed and typed postcard signed, also to Irma Wyckoff. Publisher's pale blue-green cloth; in original blue dust jacket with an illustration by Cleon. Near fine book; in very good unclipped dust jacket with some wear and shallow nicks to corners, a few small closed tears to head of spine, 1" closed tear to top edge of rear panel near the spine, a few small tears to bottom of rear panel, front panel bright and fresh. Overall, a pleasant copy, with an interesting association. Young Pandora is Ann Chidester's first novel. It is autobiographical in nature, featuring a young girl from the Midwest who falls in love, travels, and begins a writing career. Chidester wrote five novels and many short stories, focusing on women's issues and the plight of the poor. She was close friends with her publisher at Scribner's, Maxwell Perkins, who famously published F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. This copy of Young Pandora was inscribed by Chidester to Irma Wykoff, Perkins' devoted secretary. Also included are a typed letter and postcard. In them, she discusses their mutual acquaintance Marian, an editor at Mademoiselle, and Chidester's recent move to Taos. She also talks about the new book she is writing, Mable Dodge Luhan's literary colony, and refers to Perkins as "my friend, Mr. God."