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Grolier Club Exhibitions

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Zoe Anderson Norris. The Color of His Soul. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1902 (black silhouette), and R. F. Fenno, 1903 (polychrome). 

The novel’s heroine, Dolly, a Southern writer, unmasks her Manhattan neighbor Cecil Mallon, a charismatic Socialist orator preaching sympathy for “wage slaves,” as a hypocrite and predator. His teenage mistress, a seamstress, dies in childbirth. Days after the 1902 edition appeared to rave reviews, Zoe’s neighbor Courtenay Lemon, a charismatic Socialist orator, threatened libel lawsuits. Funk & Wagnalls pulled the book—few copies survive. Zoe’s 1903 reprint with the less prestigious Fenno sold poorly. John Kennedy “Jack” Bryans, Zoe’s second husband, illustrated both covers. 

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