"First Printing, August, 1953" stated on copyright page; autographed by Russell Janney inside cover, dated August 1953 - see pic; Hermitage House publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; boards have minor wear - see pic; no dust jacket.
The author of The Miracle of the Bells has a second story which is similar in style and spirit to the earlier book. Its hero is ""Tightpants"" Halka, a young Viennese musician who comes to America and finds a wife of saintly virtue and mystical heritage. Their affinity is the La Celle statue of the virgin at the Cloisters and Halka finds a likeness to the statue in Olga, from Wilkes-Barre, who is trying out for a Ziegfeld chorus when he meets her. Olga's life is bound by legend- and after brief happiness in marriage she dies at the age of twenty-two, the last of the earthly counterparts of the statue. The statue itself responds to the joys and crises of the Halkas with a reddening of the breast once splattered by the blood of a crusader, or with a smile.
Before Halka can follow her to the Greater Life he makes a monument to Olga in a music fund in Wilkes-Barre, in a song composed to her own words, and in a great symphony. . . A story of two saintly innocents in a harsh world which nevertheless succumbs to their virtue, this is characterized by the sticky spiritual sentiment of the first book, the clean morality and unrestrained detail which drew a wide audience.