Today I'm offering "A Certain Star" an extremely rare novel written in newspaper form by the first women to win Noble Prize for Literature…the world famous Pearl S. Buck. In 1957 the editors of The American Weekly approached Pearl Buck in hopes that she would write an original Christmas Story for their Sunday Christmas Edition on December 22, 1957.
After finishing she presented to the editors her classic, "A Certain Star", a Christmas present for every one of their readers. The followers of Pearl Buck fell in love with the story which was later turned into a hard cover book.
This is from The Sunday Bulletin of Philadelphia, Pa, on December 22, 1957. The paper has 15 pages which holds her complete novel. The front cover is by Lucille Corcos whose painting captures a New England Village at Christmas Time. The beautiful illustrations found throughout the paper are drawn by George Hughes. The back cover has a great classic Coca-Cola ad featuring the one and only Santa Claus.
The American Weekly is owned by Hearst Publishing Company of 63 Vesey Street, New York 7, New York, and copyrighted this publication in 1957.
What makes this December 22nd, 1957, American Weekly with the novel, A Certain Star, so rare is that there are very few of this novel available for sale in newspaper form, while there are numerous copies of the novel found in hard cover for sale.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in good+ condition, clean and bright. *Covers: There are numerous tiny pieces missing from the spine, a 1 1/4” tear at the bottom of the spine, a tiny tear at the top and bottom edges, a 1” tear and a tiny piece missing at the bottom right front corner, minor edge wear along the right front edge, a tiny tear at the back bottom edge, three tiny tears along the back top edge, and a crease mark across the center of the back cover. *Inside pages: There are tiny pieces missing from the bottom right corners of 5 inside pages, a tiny tear along the bottom edge of 4 inside pages, and chipping along the right edge of one inside page.
I'm also including The American Weekly from Christmas Day, December 25, 1960, again by The Sunday Bulletin of Philadelphia, Pa. This Christmas Edition features stories by Adela Rogers St. Johns titled, “Merry Christmas”; by Jane Goodsell titled, “Yule Be Sorry”, and a third by Luise Putcamp, Jr., titled, “Miracle in Texas”. In addition there is a great story of a meeting between Noble Prize winners Dr. Albert Schweitzer and Father Dominique Pire which took place in Gunsbach, Alsace. A priceless story about Albert Schweitzer that's worth framing.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in good+ condition, clean and bright. *Covers: There are several tiny pieces missing and tiny tears along the spine, an 1½” tear at the bottom of the spine, a few tiny tears along the bottom edge of the front cover, and a ¼” tear along the left edge of the back cover.*Inside pages: There are two tiny tears along the top edge of two inside pages, several tiny tears along the right edge of one inside page, a couple tiny tears along the right edge of another inside page, and small crease marks at the bottom right corners of two inside pages.
These two American Weekly Christmas Papers would look great on a coffee or end table. Here's your chance to hold a wonderful first edition story by Pearl S. Buck and a fantastic story on Albert Schweitzer and Father Dominique Pire in your hands. A great gift for a friend that collects Pearl S. Buck memorabilia
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