First Edition of Nelson Algren's A Walk on the Wild Side; Signed by Him

  • A Walk on the Wild Side.
  • A Walk on the Wild Side.

A Walk on the Wild Side.


Item Number: 76436

New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956.

First edition of Algren’s “most critically acclaimed and best-known novel” (ANB). Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Nelson Algren on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket photograph by Arthur Shay. A superior example.

"Asked to name the best American authors of his day, Ernest Hemingway is said to have replied: 'Faulkner. (Pause.) Algren.' Breaking into the fight talk that was one of their tools, Hemingway said, 'Mr. Algren can hit with both hands and move around, and he will kill you if you're not awfully careful" (New York Times). Basis for the 1962 film starring Laurence Harvey and Jane Fonda.

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