# 43233

SMITH, Helen Zenna [pseud. of Evadne PRICE]

“Not So Quiet …” (Proof copy)

  • Sold

London : Albert E. Marriott Ltd, 1930. First edition, proof copy. Octavo (180 mm), pictorial stiff wrappers (a little sunned along spine) printed on front upper right ‘Specimen of Dust Cover’; on lower wrapper it is stated that ‘This book will be published early in the spring of 1930. Crown 8vo, cloth bound, at 5s. net. There will also be a Special Colonial Edition’; pp. 239; a very fine proof copy. Note that in the proof state the phrase Stepdaughters of War is absent on the half-title and title; it was added as a subtitle in the published version.

Provenance: Henry George (1854, Bristol – 1938, London), London agent for Angus & Robertson 1904-1938; Hector MacQuarrie (1889-1973), writer and traveller, close friend of Henry George; thence by descent.

‘Evadne Price (28 August 1888 – 17 April 1985), probably born Eva Grace Price, was an Australian-British writer, actress, astrologer and media personality. She also wrote under the pseudonym Helen Zenna Smith. She is now best remembered for her World War I novel Not So Quiet (published in America as Stepdaughters of War) which adapts the style of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front to depict the experiences of British female ambulance drivers. During her lifetime she was known for her many romance novels, some of which were serialised in national newspapers, as well as for her children’s books starring the popular character Jane Turpin. In the 1950s, she became a regular performer on television, as a storyteller and astrologer. For 25 years she published a monthly astrology column in SHE magazine.’ (Wikipedia)