Title: Lord Vanity
Author: Shellabarger, Samuel
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Boston
Publication Date: 1953
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
D-j Condition: Poor
Comments: D-j worn and completely separated at spine. Writing on FFEP. Headcap has a small tear and is frayed in a spot. Mark on back back.
Synopsis: Richard Morandi (also known as Richard Hammond) is the illegitimate son of an English lord who lives in Venice with his ballerina mother. He makes his living as an actor and musician, but when he stabs a Venetian of greater rank in self-defense – an act considered both cowardly and unmannerly – he is condemned to life as a galley slave and is severed from all he knows. When unexpectedly freed, he begins a new series of adventures first in London and later Bath, the American colonies, Canada, and Paris. Unclear about who is he and what he wants to be, he dabbles in many guises – a soldier, a gentleman, an opportunist seeking power and position – all the while feeling dissatisfied with his life and struggling to find a unifying principle.