“We are funny creatures. We don't see the stars as they are, so why do we love them? They are not small gold objects, but endless fire": First Edition of Henderson the Rain King; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow

  • Henderson the Rain King.

Henderson the Rain King.


Item Number: 5561

New York: The Viking Press, 1959.

First edition of Bellow’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Saul Bellow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. Jacket painting by Bill Preston.

Saul Bellow is the only author to have received three National Book Awards, for The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler’s Planet, in addition to both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize. The Sunday Times praised these achievements when it revered "Bellow’s oeuvre [as] both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary." Henderson the Rain King was named one of the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century by Modern Library.

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