Simard, Jean (illus).
Montreal. Les Éditions Variétés. 1945.
Full page color and black and white illustrations, in-text black and white illustrations, 55pp, 10 1/4 x 8 inches, color pictorial stiff card covers (softbound). Contes et Legendes Russes is ex-library with the usual faults: paste-on library association stamp on verso of front cover; remnants of card pocket on interior of rear cover, substantial loss of paper spine, catalogue number on rear cover. Covers show cracks and creases; light soiling to a few pages otherwise interior clean. Contes et Legendes Russes is a collection of 12 short tales, and attractively illustrated. The author, Claire Goll, (1890-1977) was born into an assimilated Jewish household and raised in Munich; at the age of 17 she met the poet Yvan Goll and a year later debuted as a writer, producing collections of poetry, short fiction and novels. She married Goll in 1921 and they jointly wrote several volumes of poetry (Poèmes d’amour (Poems of Love), Poèmes de jalousie (Poems of Jealousy) and others. They fled Europe for New York in 1939, but returned to Paris following the war. A prolific writer, Goll continued to produce new work into her 80s. Despite the flaws, the book-a scarce title-is an interesting example of Goll's quite diverse literary output, and evidently created to highlight folk culture of one of the Allied Forces. TEXT IN FRENCH. Item #47514