Dusty Answer is English author Rosamond Lehmann's first novel, published in 1927. She sent it unsolicited to publishers Chatto & Windus who agreed to publish it, saying it showed 'decided quality'. It went unnoticed on initial publication but then received an effusive review by respected critic Alfred Noyes of The Sunday Times who called it 'the sort of novel Keats would have written', which brought it to public attention and it became a bestseller, and according to The Guardian a 'landmark book of the interwar period'. Its success allowed her to leave her then husband and run off with maverick artist Wogan Philipps whom she later married.
With the exception of Alfred Noyes, most contemporary reviews concentrated on what was perceived as the author's unhealthy preoccupation with sex. In her memoir The Swan in the Evening, Lehmann states 'It was discussed, and even reviewed, in certain quarters as the outpourings of a sex-maniac'. The Evening Standard cited Dusty Answer and Alec Waugh's The Loom of Youth as being a 'corrupting influence' on the young. The novel triggered a literary scandal and came to be regarded as an epitome of the Zeitgeist.
Fair condition of this now relatively rare HB, no DJ. Library sticker to front board and inside front, with pencil owner inscription. One loose page. Spine faded. Insides clean, slight foxing on fore edge.
Chatto & Windus, 1927. Condition: Fair. 1927. third Impression. 355 pages.