The Story of an African Farm: A Novel.

“Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it—but there is": Rare First Edition of Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm

The Story of an African Farm: A Novel.

SCHREINER, Olive [as Ralph Iron].


Item Number: 30040

London: Chapman and Hall, 1883.

First edition of this highspot of African literature. Octavo, original olive cloth, 2 volumes. Published under the pseudonym ‘Ralph Iron’. The entire printing of this first edition has been estimated to be about 300 copies. and most were destined to libraries. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially in the original cloth.

The Story of an African Farm (published in 1883 under the pseudonym Ralph Iron) was South African author Olive Schreiner's first published novel. It was an immediate success and has become recognized as one of the first feminist novels. In writing the first great South African novel, Schreiner drew on childhood memories of life on the isolated African veld to fashion a powerful indictment of the rigid Boer and English social conventions of her day. It was greeted by both praise and condemnation for its feminist views on women's status and on marriage, and for its unorthodox critique of dishonesty and hypocrisy in the doctrines and practices of "respectable" Christian church people.

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