"Thank God for books and music and things I can think about" First edition of the Daniel Keyes Classic Work; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Flowers for Algernon.
Item Number: 703
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1966.
First edition of the author’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel and basis for the Oscar-winning movie adaptation Charly. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To _____ ______ a fine writing student, for whom it is a pleasure to inscribe this- Best Wishes Daniel Keyes Athens Ohio, February 3, 1967.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Carl Smith. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As a 1959 novella it won a Hugo Award; the 1966 novel-length expansion won a Nebula. The Oscar-winning movie adaptation Charly (1968) also spawned a 1980 Broadway musical.