Starke, Barbara: Touch and Go: The Story of a Girl's Escape.

Starke, Barbara - Touch and Go: The Story of a Girl's Escape. Cape, 1934 Florin (2/-) Books reprint. Introduced by Alec Waugh. This is the scrupulously honest narrative of a girl who hiked alone across the United States and back [in the mid 1920s]. It is a sensitive picture of countryside and city, prairie, mountain, river and forest, but - infinitely more interesting - it is the first unfictionized commentary on the morality of the 'open road' as experienced by a woman. Asking no favours, and inhibited by no conventional taboos, she held her course among the endlessly variegated casuals who tried to help her or hurt her, reform her or head her for perdition. With the same clear eye through which she watched others she watched herself, and her judgments on her own behaviour are just as frank. The people she met were legion, their motives, viewpoints and morals as diversified as their looks. Commercial travellers, college professors, farmers, rum runners, cowboys, lorry driveers, jailbirds, evangelists, telegraph linesmen, dope fiends, undertakers. (Publisher's description). 256pp grey 'canvas', black blocked lettering, hardback.

Spine sunned (appears dulled); good, sound copy; no wrapper.

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