Zury: The Meanest Man in Spring County. A Novel of Western Life.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1956. Octavo. 538pp. Gray and blue cloth with silver spine lettering. A near fine copy. Kirkland was the son of Caroline Stansbury Kirkland. This book tells the story of a man raised on settlements in rural Illinois who grows simultaneously wealthy and callous until his marriage to a New England schoolteacher makes him become benevolent. Kirkland's first and best novel, it is based on his own settlement observations and has been praised for its realism. Hardcover (Item ID: 3948)