Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. First Edition. Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's purple-backed orange cloth board; dust jacket lettered in blue with illustration to front panel. Very good with the spine gilt dimmed, light fading to boards, spine ends lightly rubbed, slight lean to spine; in a good jacket with chipping and loss to the spine, rear fold separated along spine, spine toned. The Professor's House is an autobiographical novel divided into three sections: "Book I: The Family," "Book II: Tom Outland's Story," and "Book III: The Professor." The plot follows the fictional Professor Godfrey St. Peter, who is struggling with a mid-life crisis after the marriage of his two daughters and the death of his friend Tom Outland, who was a casualty in World War I. Interestingly, Cather first wrote the middle section as a short story and subsequently situated it within a separate story she was developing about the professor. Accordingly, the first and last sections take place in the novel's present-day, while the central section is comprised of a retrospective narrative. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, The Professor's House captures the moral decline and dejection of the Lost Generation in the wake of WWI.