October Island by William March. First Edition, Little Brown and Co., 1952.
March’s sixth novel, published in 1952, did not receive the same critical praise as some of his earlier works. Some did like the novel, like the New York Times critic, Charles Poore, who praises March’s “novel of salt and savor” full of “quiet, uninsistent irony” and his “mordant undertones of commentary on what it truly means to be an outcast.” But we love it, and we love our William March all the same. And we really love this dust jacket, which is full of mid-century style. Happy October.