YOUELL, George GRENFELL, Wilfred T., foreword. FISCHER, Anton Otto.
Title: Lower Class : An Autobiography. Signed.
Publisher:  George Youell, Caxton Printers, Seattle, 1938,
Seller ID: 97990
YOUELL, George. Lower Class: [Front board adds: "An Autobiography"]. Illustrations by Anton Otto Fischer. [With a preface by WIlfred Grenfell]. Seattle, Washington: George Youell, 1938. Printed by Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho. [With Caxton to foot of spine on both book and jacket]. First Printing. Pp (4),3-265,(1), portrait frontispiece, + 20 leaves of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt decoration and lettering to front and spine. An account of the life of an English fisherman, his experiences on North Sea trawlers, and his migration to the west coast of North America. "The tang ofsalt air scents the pages of this book. The story of a boy swept at an ear ly age into the torrent of lfie, 'Lower Class' moves one deeply with its picture of courageous but simple people struggling for a meager existence. Although much of the story is brutal and rough, there is an undercurrent of idealism beneath it that raises the book to one of inspirational worth. Characters of the poorer classes of England are portrayed with deft sharpness. A way of life almost unknown in America is presented in simple, forceful prose that absorbs the reader to the last page." - from the dust jacket. "Having shared the lives of my fellowmen of many classes, those of fishermen especially, and having sailed with North Sea trawlers many, many times, I canvouch for the fact that this book underestimates, if anything, the physica l hardship of their lives." - from Grenfell's preface. Light spotting to top-edge, else very good in edgebrowned, lightly spotted, spine-nicked, unclipped dust jacket. Signed without inscription by Youell on the title page. 95.00