1949 1st edition "Third Printing" stated on copyright page; E.P. Dutton & Company publishers, New York; hardbound in green and tan boards; quite good condition with minimal ageing and foxing and having unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
KIRKUS REVIEW -
In this lyrical, and occasionally mystical collection of Irish short stories, Mr. MacMahon shows himself to be an excellent writer of incidents, rather than of short stories. This can be excused however because his incidents are full-bodied, and contain the rhythm peculiar to Irish dialogue. Dealing mainly with the lower middle-class Irishman and his stark, unrelieved way of living, MacMahon injects not only sadness, pity and meagreness, but also color, humor and vividness into these incidents. One called Sunday Morning is full of slight movement, subtle tonalities, and the play of the adolescent mind, while another- The Man Who Detested Movement, is a somber, pathological study of a man's obsession with motion. The Breadmaker has a simple, peasant framework- in the Hardy tradition, and The Lion-Tamer with its story-telling, ale-house atmosphere, is also reminiscent of Hardy. The stories are creative, intelligent, beautiful, and even exciting- but these collections are often difficult to sell.