Rambles in a Rural, Old-fashioned Country. With Chat about Its History and Romance. Published in 1916 by J M Dent & Sons.
He was born in Daubhill and worked in the mill before becoming a professional writer. He wrote over 20 novels and dozens of short stories as well as a savage indictment of conditions in the mills, and in fact helped to end child labour in those mills. Clarke was one of the most important figures in the growth of socialism in Lancashire, was friends with Kier Hardie and corresponded with Leo Tolstoy and Thomas Hardy.Windmill Land is a philosophical account of Clarke's rambling around the Fylde and Wye. As can be seen from the the inscription on the front endpaper, this copy was a gift from George Whiteside to J. The group had a strong affiliation with the great American poet, Walt Whitman, and Wallace, as well as visiting him in America, corresponded with him regularly towards the end of the 19th century. George Whiteside was presumably related to Minnie Whiteside, a member of the group, as well as being Wallace's companion and'adopted daughter'. Very scarce - I can find no other signed 1st edition (or association copy) of this title anywhere online. I've listed some other books which may be of interest. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "avucian" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.