New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 302 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2055
This is Saul Bellow's (1915-2005) second novel, one in which the author explores the many aspects of human relationships, including guilt and obsession. Bellow is the only writer (to date) to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times; he was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black cloth, blue lettering on the spine, top edge stained blue, title page with a rectangular ruled border; octavo size (8.5" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-viii]  [blank] 3-294; first edition per Zempel (no indication of subsequent printings on copyright page). Dust jacket shows original price of $2.75 on both flaps, front panel and spine with light blue background, white lettering, sketch of scales in black on front, review blurbs on back panel for Bellow's first book, "Dangling Man", front flap with quote about Bellow by Robert Penn Warren with summary of book below, back flap with black-and-white photograph of (a very young) Saul Bellow, bio below.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the usual light toning to the endpapers, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine, clean, lightly toned, one chip at the bottom of the back panel (approximately 0.5" by .75"), very light overall edgewear and some sunning to the spine.
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