MARSHALL, James Vance WILSON, Maurice.
Title: River Ran Out of Eden. First American Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Morrow, New York , 1963,
Seller ID: 50443
MARSHALL, James Vance. A River Ran Out of Eden. Illustrated by Maurice Wilson. New York : William Morrow & Company, 1963. First American Edition. Pp 126. 8vo, olive green spine with green boards, black lettering to spine. Donald Gordon Payne (b. January 3, 1924, London) is an English author. James Vance Marshal was one of his pseudonyms. Comparable, perhaps, to Steinbeck'sThe Pearl, a novel concerning a moral struggle turning on the pelt of the rare and prized golden seal. "Until the onset ot the equinoctial storm Unaksheltered only four human beings - the gray-haired Jim Lee; Tania, the Ale ut girl, who had married him out of a Dutch Harbor brothel; and their two young children. But then came another, Howard Hamilton Crawford, sealer and salmon poacher; and still another, this one not human, to be sure, yet central to the story—the Golden Seal, washed up on shore, with her pups, in thefury of wind and water. It is, in fact, about the Golden Seal that the dra ma develops. Jim Lee had staked his ambition upon one day bringing into Dutch Harbor the pelt of a rare Golden Seal. To Crawford, she was prey, nothing more, just as Tania was. To Lee's seven-year-old son, Eric, who first discovered her upon the island, she was an object to be cherished in the perfect freedom of nature ... Out of this conflict of interests proceed violence, the testing of fundamental human relationships, even death before Unak isrestored to a state of innocence Paralleling in some ways the Biblical sto ry of the Garden of Eden, hanntingly written, this is a tale that lodges inthe mind and in the heart. James V ance Marshall, an Australian, has saile d the seven seas and worked his way over four continents. It was, indeed, while he was a member of the crew of a tramp steamer, trading between Sydneyand Vladivostok, that he saw the background for A River Ran out of Eden - and heard the Aleutian folk legend of the Golden Seal upon which it is based. (from the dj). Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 25.00