New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949.
Hardcover. 8 1/4" X 5 1/2". x, 137pp. Dedicated "with affection and deep respect to all those who hate to work," William J. Reilly's guide to creating a life of purpose was written well before its time, its timeless advice resonating with the writings of Lewis Hyde, Alan Watts, and Joseph Campbell on the subjects of following your bliss, creative fulfillment, and meaning in life. As Maria Popova writes in her in-depth exploration of the book, "How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love," How to Avoid Work "is remarkable for many reasons — written at the dawn of the American corporate era and the golden age of the housewife, it not only encouraged people of all ages to pursue their passions over conventional, safe occupations, but it also spoke to both men and women with equal regard" (BrainPickings).
Heavy wear to unclipped dust jacket, with chipping and open tears to edges and extremities, 1 1/4" X 1/2" open tear to spine, mild soiling, and scattered rubbing. Bookseller notations to front flap. Black cloth over boards, with spine lettered in rubbed and faded gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to edges and corners and mild edgewear. Previous owner's stamp to endpapers, half-title, and title, along with stamp of the University of Michigan Library, though no other ex-library stamps or labels. Humorous gift inscription to front free endpaper. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A solid copy in worn dust jacket of this now quite scarce guide to living and working with passion and purpose. Scarce in the trade. Good / fair. Item #3116