"We are lived by powers we pretend to understand": First edition of Richard Yates' A Special Providence

  • A Special Providence.

A Special Providence.

Item Number: 1702

New York: Knopf, 1969.

First edition of the author’s third book. Octavo, original blue cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.

Yates' third book concerns the dual exploits of an awkward infantry soldier in World War II and his mother, a deluded sculptor living in New York City. British novelist Zadie Smith described the novel as being "like Breakfast At Tiffany's spliced with All Quiet On The Western Front. Impossible to paraphrase, wonderful to read."