“One of the very best novels of the decade and the very best novel ever about the American West": First Edition of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man; Inscribed by Him

  • Little Big Man.
  • Little Big Man.
  • Little Big Man.

Little Big Man.


Item Number: 94768

New York: The Dial Press, 1964.

First edition of Berger’s acclaimed award-winning novel that was adapted to the screen in the 1970 film starring Dustin Hoffman, inscribed by him. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Donald Drapkin with best wishes Thomas Berger.” The recipient was a well-known executive and book collector. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in an elaborate custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional presentation.

“the very best novel ever about the American West,” John Berger’s Little Big Man exhibits the writer’s interest in satirizing genres such as the western, detective thriller and war novel (New York Times Book Review). Berger’s western “is a fanciful parody of the Old West myth presented through the life of the ancient frontiersman Jack Crabb, kidnapped by Indians from an emigrant wagon and eventually a participant in Custer’s last stand” (Hart, 43). Winner of the Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Basis for the 1970 film directed by Arthur Penn, starring Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan.

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