“You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God": First Edition of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock; Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 106788
New York: The Viking Press, 1938.
First American edition, preceding the British edition by one month of Greene’s chilling expose of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Clive affectionately, Graham.” The recipient Clive Francis is a British actor, known for his roles in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Inspector Clouseau and The Crown and was a friend of Greene’s. An excellent example in a very good dust jacket with rubbing and wear. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions signed and inscribed are scarce.
"Here the probing is carried further in a brilliant and uncompromising indictment of some of the worst aspects of modern civilization, showing us the hard-boiled criminal mind not as a return to savagery but as a horrible perversion of cerebration" (The New York Times). It is the basis for the 1947 film directed by John Boulting and starring Richard Attenborough as gang leader Pinkie Brown and the 2010 film, which stars Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, John Hurt, Sean Harris and Dame Helen Mirren.