Love on the Dole 1

Jonathan Cape, , 1933


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First edition. Inscribed by Greenwood to the half-title page: “Faithfully Walter Greenwood”. The book is firmly bound in the publisher’s red cloth lettered in blue to the spine, the boards are slightly bumped and rubbed, with minor marks and slight fading to the spine. The text block is slightly foxed and toned with a small bookplate to the rear pastedown. Greenwood toyed with two other titles “They Call it Love, A Tale of the Two Cities” and “The Lovers, A Tale of the Two Cities” before settling on the rather starker, ‘Love on the Dole’. Doubtless the novel would have been influential even without this title change, with its description of the pressures of unemployment and the humiliation inflicted by the means test, but the sheer emotive power and quotability of the phrase “Love on the Dole” must have been a factor in helping Greenwood’s novel into the vanguard for social change. It is unsurprising that, along with other key works of the period, such as George Orwell’s ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’, it is credited with contributing to popular pressure for reform which led to the eventual foundation of the welfare state. Uncommon as a first edition, particularly signed.