1951 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; Harper & Brothers publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
This is a psychological novel. The title is symbolic of Everyman of this troubled 20th century who appears, to his fellows, to be prosperous, a good husband and father, a good citizen, a sound businessman, an active club member, while underneath the assured front is boredom, disillusionment, restlessness, a sense of inadequacy, of frustration, an awareness that his life is filled with material things that cover the lack of spiritual and intellectual things. What Death of a Salesman did for the end-of-the-road travelling salesman, this might well do for Bromfield's Mr. Smiths. The story is told on two levels of time:- the main thread follows the life of Wolcott Ferris, growing up in a mid-western town in the throes of becoming a city; the transitions tell of his months of self discovery, on an isolated Pacific Island during the war and of the other misfits who served under him. There are a few introspective bits that might be Mr. Bromfield philosophizing on the world today, but for the most part the reader identifies himself almost painfully with Wolcott Ferris in his honest effort to reassess the road he has travelled-and the escape the war affords.