As You Were (1943)


First Edition of This "Portable Library" of Prose and Verse for WWII Soldiers and Sailors

Woollcott, Alexander, editor. As You Were. New York: Viking, 1943.

Small quarto. Hardcover. 1st Edition 1st Printing.

First edition of this appealing collection of prose and poetry intended for soldiers and sailors to carry in their pockets or packs during World War II. In the 20th century, major wars have been accompanied by initiatives to bring books to the troops. War is full of waiting, travel, dull-but-tense periods of "leisure." Accordingly, the works picked for Viking's Portable Library series include readable, engaging pieces by American writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, and many others--a virtual laundry list of great American authors. Book fine, with only slightest toning to endpapers. Dust jacket extremely good, with light rubbing, a few closed tears, and toning to spine. A handsome copy.