The Journey Down
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. Octavo. Beige cloth, with minor bumps and marks, in a chipped and edge-worn dust wrapper, price-clipped. 304 pages. First edition. Near fine.
A narrative of the relationship between a lovely, sensitive woman and a young writer which conveys the ecstasy and pain of love so beautifully that there is no contemporary book with which it can be compared. The semi-fictionalized story of Bernstein's tumultuous relationship with Thomas Wolfe (she appears as Esther Jack in his novels). Aline Bernstein was a set and costume designer, winning a Tony in 1950. This is her first novel and second book. A gin-soaked literary love affair.
"'Nobody knows what I am like,' she thought as the doctor looked at her, waiting to see if she would answer. 'Nobody knows what I am made of, not a soul knows what is in my mind and heart, maybe I must live longer to tell it.'"