Warner, Charles Dudley. The Relation of Literature to Life. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897. 
Red publisher's cloth richly decorated in gilt, slight fading to spine, 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches, top page edge gilt, rest deckled. Private bookplate, Christmas gift inscription, 320 clean and unmarked pp., boards a bit bowed (see pics). Good. Hardcover.
Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), American essayist, editor, and novelist, who along with Mark Twain, Nathaniel Burton, and Joseph Twichell made up the literary coterie of Hartford, Connecticut. Warner co-authored The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, with Twain.
A collection of essays of which the author's intent was to show the connection between literary, educational, and social progress.