Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1931. Later printing. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "For Virginia Allan / from Margaret Ayer Barnes." Winner of the 1931 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Barnes also wrote "Dishonored Lady," a play twice adapted to film.
Beginning in the 1890s, the story follows an upper-middle class girl from youth to adulthood, struggling within a changing society and and the heroine's efforts to uphold conventional morality.
About Very Good plus, lacking the scarce dust jacket. Owner bookplate matching the inscription to the front pastedown, with moderate dampstaining to the rear board, light splashes to the spine and front board, and a small attractive repair to the heel. Interior tight and clean. A presentable copy of a title seldom found signed.