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    Roger Chaffee: Two Personally-Owned and Signed Books from his Youth Originally from the Personal Collection of His Daughter Sheryl. Does what you read as a young person affect you later in life? What might a future Purdue graduate and naval aviator read growing up? These volumes might give us some answers. Each book is signed "Roger Chaffee" on the free front endpaper. Two rare signed personal items from a future astronaut. The books are in fairly good condition overall with general wear and soiling.
    (1) The Hoosier School-boy by Edward Eggleston (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, wartime edition), 261 pages, red cloth with blue lettering, 5.25" x 7.5". The signature in this one is quite childlike.
    (2) Dave Dawson with the R.A.F. by R. Sidney Bowen (Akron: Saalfield Publishing Company, 1941), 252 pages, green cloth with black lettering, 5.5" x 8". Book #2 in the War Adventure Series. This signature is more like his adult signature.

    Edward Eggleston was an American novelist and historian from Indiana. In the 1870s and 1880s he wrote the "Hoosier" series of fictional but realistic tales of early life in southern Indiana. The Hoosier School-boy was one of these popular novels. The Dave Dawson War Adventure book series consisted of fifteen titles published between 1941 and 1946 by Crown Publishers. Written by Robert Sidney Bowen for young boys, they followed the adventures of American RAF pilot Dave Dawson and fellow flyer Freddy Farmer. By the end of the war, the series had sold over two million copies. This book, published by Saalfield Publishers, is an early reprint of the original. The Dave Dawson series was a childhood favorite of author Stephen King and is mentioned in his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

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