First American Edition stated. Author's second novel, originally published in Britain in 1907.Rickie Elliot, a sensitive and intelligent young man with an intense imagination and a certain amount of literary talent, sets out from Cambridge full of hopes to become a writer. But when his stories are not successful he decides instead to marry the beautiful but shallow Agnes, agreeing to abandon his writing and become a schoolmaster at a second-rate public school. Giving up his hopes and values for those of the conventional world, he sinks into a world of petty conformity and bitter disappointments. Near Fine in nearly Very Good (fragile thin-paper) dustjacket, some loss at spine ends, narrow bit of loss at lower rear spine edge, some splitting at rear spine edge mended at verso with archival tape.