New York: Oxford University Press, 1964. First edition. 3 black and white plates. Cloth over boards. Octavo. [vi], 392 pages. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Bound in green cloth over boards with leaf pattern to upper board. Spine titled in dark green. Some minor browning along spine. Jacket spine is slightly sun-faded. Minimal wear overall.
Marx's first book. A fascinating study of the tension between the traditional view of America as a rural paradise and the view of America as an urban, industrialized nation that s the envy of the world. Marx examines the works of America's most gifted writers who dwelt on this contradiction between rural myth and technological fact. Thoreau, for one, warning of a system in which men would become the tools of their tools.