First American Edition. "Eugene Witla, a talented painter of strong sexual desires who grapples with his commitment to his art and the force of his erotic needs. The book sold 8,000 copies in the months immediately following publication but encountered legal difficulties when it was declared potentially obscene. Dreiser's publisher was nervous about continuing publication and recalled the book from bookstores, and the novel did not receive broad distribution until 1923." Very scarce. Near Fine in nearly Very Good dustjacket, shallow chipping at top spine end and flap corners, lower spine end with centimeter deep loss, edges with some nicking and wear.