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The Man Without a Country. by  Edward Everett Hale - Signed First Edition - 1898 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 112426)

The Man Without a Country.

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The Man Without a Country.

by Hale, Edward Everett

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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1898. Early printing of Hale's classic short story. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, stamped bald eagle vignette to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the free endpaper, "My Dear Julius I hope you will never live to see such a crisis as brought this book into Being Edward E. Hale." In very good condition. First published in The Atlantic in December 1863, Edward Everett Hale's The Man Without a Country is the story of Philip Nolan, an American Army lieutenant who renounces his country during a trial for treason and is consequently sentenced to spend the rest of his days at sea without so much as a word of news about the United States. Hale published the story to bolster support for the Union in the North. By frequently mentioning specific dates and places and using numerous contemporary references, Hale skillfully convinced many readers that Nolan was an actual figure, thus increasing the story's effectiveness as a piece of patriotic literature.


The Man Without A Country, written by Edward Everett Hale in 1863 and originally published in Ticknor and Fields’ magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, follows American Army lieutenant Philip Nolan. He renounced America during a treason trial and was subsequently sentenced to traverse the seas for the remainder of his life with no news of his country. The Man Without A Country  was first published in the December 1863 issue of  Ticknor and Fields' magazine: The Atlantic Monthly, Devoted to Literature, Art and Politics,  number 74 of Volume XII (pg 665-796 with the following two pages having an index for Volume XII). Only in the index is Hale attributed for the short story.

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