“He looked around the clearing in recognition that he was lost but didn’t mind because he knew he had never been found": First trade edition of Legends of the Fall; Inscribed by Jim Harrison
Legends of the Fall.
Item Number: 92485
New York: Delacorte Press/ Seymour Lawrence, 1979.
First edition of Harrison’s dramatic trilogy published in one volume. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Greg, Celia, & Patrick Yours, Jim Harrison.” The trilogy includes Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Name, and The Legends of the Fall. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Russell Chatham. Photograph of Harrison on the rear panel by Bob Wargo. The title novella first appeared in Esquire and remains the longest work of fiction to appear in a single issue in the magazine’s history. A very sharp example.
The title novella, “Legends of the Fall”—which was made into the film of the same name—is an epic, moving tale of three brothers fighting for justice in a world gone mad. Moving from the raw landscape of early twentieth-century Montana to the blood-drenched European battlefields of World War I and back again to Montana, Harrison’s powerful story explores the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, painting an unforgettable portrait of the twentieth-century man. It was the basis for the 1994 film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas.