The Journey Down.

"We are but farmers of ourselves, but may, if we can stock ourselves, and thrive, unplay much, much dear treasure for the Great Rent Day": First edition of Aline Bernstein's The Journey Down; one of 700 copies signed by her

The Journey Down.


Item Number: 115037

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938.

First edition of the author’s semi-autobiographical novel detailing her five-year affair with Thomas Wolfe. Octavo, original cloth. One of 700 copies signed by the author for friends of Borzoi Books on the colophon. In very good condition.

Bernstein met Wolfe in 1925 aboard the RMS Olympic when Wolfe was 25 and Bernstein 44. She soon became Wolfe's lover and provided him with emotional, domestic, and financial support while he wrote his first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, which he, in turn, dedicated to Bernstein. Wolfe immortalized Bernstein as the character Esther Jack in his novels Of Time and the River, The Web and the Rock, You Can't Go Home Again, and The Good Child's River. Bernstein, in turn, centered this, her autobiographical novel, around her affair with Wolfe.

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