The Pirate's Progress: A Short History of the U-Boat.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1918. 106pp. Archer (1856-1924), born in Scotland, was a prominent drama critic and friend and champion of Hendrik Ibsen and George Bernard Shaw and journalist, who, at age 65, achieved literary fame with his play, The Green Goddess (1920). Shaken by World War I, he enlisted at age 58 and served as a translator in the Propaganda Ministry, producing a series of monographs in defense of civilization against the Huns," including this volume (Dictionary of Literary Biography). "The following pages contain a sketch of the gradual decline, in Germany's employment, of the U-boat from honorable to dishonorable and finally to atrocious, uses." Archer's only child, Tom, was killed in action the year of its release. Like Arthur Conan Doyle and others, that led Archer to explore spiritualism and he unsuccessfully attempt to reach Tom via seance. 5 by 7 1/2. Age spots, and tears to cover borders. Item #16781