The Cavalier, George W. Cable, 1st Ed., Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy


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The Cavalier
By George W. Cable
Illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy
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Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York

Copyright: 1901

George Washington Cable (October 12, 1844 - January 31, 1925) was an American novelist notable for the realism of his portrayals of Creole life in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been called "the most important southern artist working in the late 19th century, as well as the first modern southern writer." In his treatment of racism, mixed-race families and miscegenation, his fiction has been thought to anticipate that of William Faulkner.

The Cavalier is a lively story of love and adventure in the days of the Civil War, and details the experiences of Richard Thorndyke Smith, a young soldier in the Southern army, who gives the reader his personal reminiscences. At the age of nineteen he becomes a scout under Lieutenant Ferry; figures in many thrilling adventures and performs many valorous deeds. Ferry, whose rightful name is Edgard Ferry Durand, is a brilliant and fascinating character whose noble and fearless nature makes him loved by men and women alike. He has fallen victim to the charms of Charlotte Oliver, a beautiful and daring Confederate spy, but, owing to the fact that she is already married, he feels the hopelessness of his love. Charlotte, who also goes by the name of Coralie Rothvelt, is wife in name only of a miserable rascal who deceived her into marrying him, but whose real character she discovered immediately after the ceremony, and who has done everything he could to make her life wretched. Charlotte is devoted to the Confederate cause and undertakes perilous risks without thought of danger, and is at the front in time of battle, caring for the wounded and dying. Although she reciprocates Ferry's affection, she will not encourage him until she is absolutely convinced of the death of her husband, who finally dies as a traitor, after having attempted her life and seriously wounded her. At last, her courage and fidelity are rewarded and she becomes the wife of the man she loves. Smith, who has been the faithful ally of both Charlotte and Ferry, wins the love of Camille Harper, the Major's daughter, and the curtain falls on the closing of the war, with strife and discord at an end. This story exhibits the author's simple and unaffected manner of writing, and the plot runs with unusual swiftness and ease.

Condition: This book is in good condition. Hardcover. Original, solid red cloth boards with gilt titles on spine. Cover has minimal wear along edges and corners. Frontispiece and 7 full-page illustrations are by Howard Chandler Christy. Tissue guard over frontispiece is torn. Page 7-10 are loose. Illustration on page 117 coming loose. Binding slightly cocked. Hinges sturdy. Text block is clean and crisp as are all illustrations.

8vo, 311 pages

Item number B5, S4
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