For His Brother’s Crime. A Novel Founded Upon the Melodrama of the Same Name. [within:] Play Book Series.

“Flog the old woman, if she is his mother, he will disclose his identity”


Pulp fiction novel based on Charles E. Blaney’s play For His Brother’s Crime. The romantic melodrama concerns the travails of twin brothers, Victor and Ben, one “industrious and sober,” the other “an idler and drunkard.”

Halftone plates from photographs include a frontispiece portrait of the author and depict scenes from an actual production of the play.

One shows the scene of “The Great Broadsword Combat,” a mêlée with many victims, and “The Great Bridge Scene” with a carriage driving over a waterfall.

The color illustrated wrapper cover evokes a situation of high drama—the flogging of an old woman—as a way of drawing the reader, or potential reader, into the novel. The novelization was done by playwright Charles E. Blaney (1866–1944): “Born in Columbus, Ohio, he began his career as an actor but soon switched to playwriting and became a prolific author of melodramas, tearjerkers, and farce comedies.”¹


Description: For His Brother’s Crime. A Novel Founded Upon the Melodrama of the Same Name. [within:] Play Book Series.

New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company (1904). Portrait Frontispiece, 122, [6]pp. + 3 halftone plates. “Play Book Series” No. 38. Illustrated, chromolithographic wrappers; staple bound. 7 x 4¾ inches. Printed on pulp paper. Ads at end. Some creasing to wrappers; wear, minor losses, and staining to lower cover, affecting some leaves; some chipping to leaves at tail of fore-edge; good to very good.

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Note. 1. Charles E. Blaney - Oxford Reference accessed online.


Price: $75.00

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