Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. 205pp. Octavo. [21cm] Sea-green paper over boards with the title stamped in yellow on the spine. No dust jacket. Light bumping to extremities; subtle sunning to backstrip and edges of rear board; minor scrape to front board. Very Good. Item #64734
"A sheaf of short stories, eight in all, are undercut by the realities of poverty, death, and acceptance of the immutable facts which only experience can teach, a moment of sudden recognition. With the exception of the sardonic Field Guide to Western Birds, in which a retired literary agent applies his agile powers of observation to his neighbors- collected at a cocktail party- in a curd commentary, the others are more straightforward in their unpleasant truths.' - Kirkus (October 23, 1956).