London: Ward, Lock & Co. 1942. First edition. 8vo (5 x 7 ½ in.) in cloth. Missing original dust jacket. 316 pp. Previous library copy, sticker on spine and stamps throughout. Very good condition, light foxing and edgewear. Item #4173
Harry Stephen Keeler (1890-1967) was a little-known but prolific writer and novelist whose short stories and novels have been labeled mystery and science-fiction but insistently evade the constraints of a single genre. The absurdity and intricacy of his plots, and his undying interest in the occult disguise Keeler's critical examinations of racism and capitalism in society. Full of intricate subplots, meta-narratives, and multi-level framing mechanisms, Keeler's work is one-of-a-kind American literature.