Savrola: A Tale of Revolution in Laurania
London: Longman, Green & Co, 1900.
London: Longman, Green & Co, 1900. First edition. Finely bound in three-quarters morocco over marbled boards. A Near Fine, complete copy, with a previous owner's name on the half-title.
Churchill's only major work of fiction, Savrola is a melodramatic tale of political unrest, dictatorship, and revolution in the fictional Mediterranean state of Laurania. "To the contemporary critic, Savrola would have seemed merely one more romance that The Prisoner of Zenda had made so popular after 1894. To the modern reader, Savrola is a significant revelation of Winston Churchill in his mid-20s. It is the day-dream of a man of action...not all the artificiality of romance can deprive this book of authentic vitality when it is read with the knowledge of what one day its author would become" (International Churchill Society). Near Fine (Item #4887)