First Edition. "His first collection of short stories, introduces a deft, if conventional, craftsman with a taste for domestic psychodramas in the mode of Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield, his prime influences. The title story, Lawrencean in its adroit probing of feminine behavior, derives significant energy from a misogynist vantage. Its weakest stories, including "The Dark City," "By My Troth, Nerissa!," and "Smith and Jones," a thin philosophical allegory as unconvincing as Poe at his most tendentious, foreshadow the difficulties Aiken would always experience when straying too far from autobiography or attempting to explore psyches too remote from his own. "Strange Moonlight" and "The Last Visit," the most effective performances in Bring! Bring!, are also the most personal." Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket.