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Title: Tom's A-Cold Title Record # 1017980
Author: John Collier
Date: 1933-00-00
Language: English
Note: Collier's second novel Several reviews and notices of Collier's third novel, Defy the Foul Fiend, or The Misadventure of a Heart (see), contrast this second with his first, usually as a disappointment. Evidently the first and third feature amusing, satirical commentary on the current scene. London correspondence in one US newspaper observed that "he was not content to repeat a success, and his second book Tom's A-Cold was a peep into a somewhat bleak future for the human race." --Frank Swinnerton, Chi. Tribune 1934-06-30 p6
Synopsis: "Radically dissimilar to his most familiar work is Tom's A-Cold (1933; vt Full Circle 1933), a remarkably effective Ruined Earth novel set in the 1990s, long after an unexplained Disaster has decimated England's (and presumably the world's) population and thrust mankind back into rural barbarism, a condition out of which the eldest survivors, who remember civilization, are trying to educate the young third generation. The simple plot plays no tricks on the reader: the young protagonist, a born leader, rises through raids and conflict to the chieftainship, undergoes a tragedy, and reconciles himself at the novel's close to the burdens of a government which will improve the lot of his people. Throughout the novel, very movingly, Collier renders the reborn, circumambient natural world with a hallucinatory visual intensity found nowhere else in his work. Along with Alun Llewellyn's The Strange Invaders (1934), Tom's A-Cold can be seen, in its atmosphere of almost loving conviction, as a genuine successor to Richard Jefferies's After London (1885)." --SFE3, biographical entry by John Clute
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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Tom's A-Cold 1933-00-00 John Collier Macmillan and Co.   7/6 320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
Full Circle 1933-04-28 John Collier D. Appleton & Company   $2.00 vi+
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
Tom's A-Cold 1936-00-00 John Collier Macmillan and Co.   3/6 320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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