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A Dust Jacket to Die For
STROBEL, Marion

Ice Before Killing

New York: Scribner's, 1943


8vo, pp. 213. Original light blue boards, lettered in red to front panel and spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Leading edge uncut. Boards a little rubbed, but a very good copy in a very good dust jacket, rear panel a little darkened, and with some wear to folds and spine ends.


First edition, with the Scribner's 'A' to copyright page.

Poet, critic and novelist Marion Strobel [1895-1967] was the editor of Poetry in the 1920s, and remained closely involved with the magazine for the rest of her life. Her work for Poetry brought her into close contact with the leading literary figures of the day and she was a close friend of Sylvia Beach, legendary Parisian bookshop proprietor and publisher of Ulysses. The abstract artist Joan Mitchell was Strobel's daughter.

Strobel wrote five novels. In this one (her last) a murderer stalks a Chicago ice skating rink; a pretty young skater and a dashing detective vie to crack the case.

In the scarce and sensational dust jacket designed by Eve Rockwell, better known for her cutesy Christmas imagery and who clearly fancied a change of pace.

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