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12.  A Son of His Father 


A Son of His Father, by Harold Bell Wright, dust jacket A Son of His Father, by Harold Bell Wright

First Edition

Appleton, 1925, red cloth. First printing has (1) on last page.  Tan dust jacket with color illustration on front and photos of Wright on back and spine.

Total sales: 268,370

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Background

Harold Bell Wright's story of a southern Arizona cattle ranch. In 1925, writer James Leo Meehan visited Wright in Tucson to write a publicity piece to appear in McCall's magazine one month before the serialization of A Son of His Father. His report included these comments:

"That evening he [Wright] proposed that we might drive down into the Arivaca country next day. It is in the Arivaca country he has laid the scenes of his new McCall story [A Son of His Father]. It lies at the foot of the Serritas, a mountain range some sixty miles southwest of Tucson, and very close to the Mexican border.

The McCall family will soon become familiar with Las Rosas Rancho, central scene of Wright's new story. We were soon upon the ranch Wright used for this location. The buildings were there, the country is there, exactly as he describes it. And the people are precisely the sort of people he describes in the story. I know. I met some of them, or rather their prototypes. It was like having the characters step out of a book and shake hands with you!"

Collecting

A little less common than earlier titles, but not scarce. Dust jackets are not as scarce as earlier titles. All American first editions were published by Appleton, who always included a printing number on the last page of the book. Printing numbers higher than (1) are considered less desirable by collectors than first printings. Reprints were also published by Burt, Ryerson, and Hodder & Stoughton. 

Total sales: 268,370

Review of Book by Dr. Joyce Kinkead  Copyright 1979 by Joyce Kinkead.  Used by Permission

Wright's eleventh novel, A Son of His Father (1925), is similar to the entertaining Zane Grey western.  In it Wright still use the picturesque setting of Arizona.  Continue >>>

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