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1 LABERGE, Albert French Writers of Canada series DION, Conrad, trans. Bitter Bread. First Edition, Hardcover in dustjacket
Harvest House, Montreal, 1977, ISBN:0887721664 
LABERGE, Albert. Bitter Bread. Translated by Conrad Dion. Montreal: HarvestHouse, (1977). First Printing. Pp. (8),[9]-128. 8vo, black cloth, gilt let tering to spine. A volume in the French Writers of Canada series, being a translation of La Scouine. Albert Laberge (b. February 18, 1871, Beauharnois, Québec - d. April 4, 1960, Montréal). "A writer named Albert Laberge had written a coldly realistic novel on rural life, 'Bitter Bread', many years before Ringuet wrote his 'Thirty Acres'. Laberge was obliged to publish hiswritings privately, but that does not explain why he was overlooked and re mained relatively unknown for many years. In his critical attitude to the clergy whom he treated like fallible himan beings, and in the introduction of sex into a society where it was taboo, he broke new ground. He was ahead of his time. Bitter Bread throws some sharpdarts in the direction of the Church. A bishop's visit is turned into a hilarious fiasco; a priest is served Javel water to drink, or liquor that has not been watered down. The uncharitable conduct of the characters is enough to disturb the Church. When theprincipal female charcter turns into a churchgoer later on in the novel. i t is presented as a painful experience for the priests, one that laberge evidently relishes in describing. The modern reader will consider the passages dealing with sex trivial, even funny, but such was not the case in the early 1900s. A urinating contest, a woman raising her dress to insult a school teacher, two people having intercourse, the youthful heroine enjoying a certain pleasure when a calf licks her fingers, all this brought the wrath of the Church down on Laberge. Sex was taboo. Though the Church encouraged large families, it did not permit much discussion on the subject of sex itself. Laberge was this condemned for having violated a sacred principle." - from rear cover. Some pencilling to flyleaf, else very good in lightly rubbed dustjacket. 30.00

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2 LABERGE, Albert French Writers of Canada series DION, Conrad, trans. Bitter Bread. First Edition, Paperback
Harvest House, Montreal, 1977, ISBN:0887721664 
LABERGE, Albert. Bitter Bread. Translated by Conrad Dion. Montreal: HarvestHouse, (1977). First Printing. Pp. (8),[9]-128. 8vo, illustrated white and black card covers. A volume in the French Writers of Canada series, being a translation of La Scouine. Albert Laberge (b. February 18, 1871, Beauharnois, Québec - d. April 4, 1960, Montréal). "A writer named Albert Laberge had written a coldly realistic novel on rural life, 'Bitter Bread', many years before Ringuet wrote his 'Thirty Acres'. Laberge was obliged to publish his writings privately, but that does not explain why he was overlooked andremained relatively unknown for many years. In his critical attitude to th e clergy whom he treated like fallible himan beings, and in the introduction of sex into a society where it was taboo, he broke new ground. He was ahead of his time. Bitter Bread throws some sharpdarts in the direction of theChurch. A bishop's visit is turned into a hilarious fiasco; a priest is se rved Javel water to drink, or liquor that has not been watered down. The uncharitable conduct of the characters is enough to disturb the Church. When the principal female charcter turns into a churchgoer later on in the novel. it is presented as a painful experience for the priests, one that labergeevidently relishes in describing. The modern reader will consider the pass ages dealing with sex trivial, even funny, but such was not the case in theearly 1900s. A urinating contest, a woman raising her dress to insult a sc hool teacher, two people having intercourse, the youthful heroine enjoying a certain pleasure when a calf licks her fingers, all this brought the wrath of the Church down on Laberge. Sex was taboo. Though the Church encouraged large families, it did not permit much discussion on the subject of sex itself. Laberge was this condemned for having violated a sacred principle." - from rear cover. Name inked to flyleaf, five characters inked inside rearcover, else very good. Due to the small size of this book, shipping costs may be cheaper than quoted. 15.00

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3 FRENCH, Albert Holly. Advance Uncorrected Proof.
Viking, 1995, 
FRENCH, Albert. Holly. Advance Uncorrected Proof. N.pl.: Viking, (1995). Pp307. 8vo, illustrated card covers. Vg-fine. 35.00

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