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The Fortunes of Virginia Bright

Albert Kinross

Albert Kinross (1870-1929) was an English journalist, magazine editor and writer of novels and stories. His literary forté was romances. His mother was Danish. He went to Germany after leaving school where he wrote the rhymes for English Christmas cards. He returned to London where he was the correspondent of the Boston Evening Transcript. He was drama critic of the Morning Post for two years. He got a job writing serials for an American magazine and retired to the country to write and play cricket. He was a member of the Authors' Cricket Club which included J.M. Barrie and P.G. Wodehouse. He served in the first World War in France, Salonika, Egypt and Palestine and became a Captain. He survived but suffered after the war from shellshock, now called post-traumatic stress disorder. He died suddenly in 1929 of pneumonia leaving an unfinished autobiography, which was published as The Unconventional Cricketer (Harold Shayler, 1930). You can see what he looked like here. What an interesting man he was.

This dust jacket might be by Blampied, because the feet of the woman are very small and narrow (he had trouble drawing women's feet in proportion to their body) and he liked to use what he called 'notes' of colour, such as the splashes of red on the woman's shirt. But I could be wrong. Please let me know if you have a copy with the whole jacket, here.

  First U.K. edition

Bibliography code: HOD-15.?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series: none

Year: 1915

Format: 8vo

Pages: vii, 284

Binding: Red cloth decorated with a large black trunk with a white label on one side with the title of the book written on it in black. Title, author and publisher in black on spine.

Size: 190 x 130 mm

Dust jacket: no signature seen

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 6 shillings

Printing history: not known

Printed by: not known

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Notes: Advertised in The Bookman, Special Xmas Number, 1915, and illustrated. Price 6/-.