"Bringing people into the here-and-now. The real universe. That's the present moment. The past is no good to us. The future is full of anxiety. Only the present is real--the here-and-now. Seize the day": First Edition of Bellow's Seize the Day; Inscribed by Him

  • Seize the Day.

Seize the Day.

$1,500.00

Item Number: 84225

New York: The Viking Press, 1956.

First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For the Gabels with best wishes from an old exile to Evanston Saul Bellow.” The recipients were close friends of Bellow’s while he was a student at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors and earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and sociology. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Jacket design by Bill English. Presentation copies of Seize the Day are uncommon.

''Saul Bellow is one of the giants of the twentieth-century novel. Read Seize the Day and see why'' (Irish Times). "It is the special distinction of Mr. Bellow as a novelist that he is able to give us, step by step, the world we really live each day--and in the same movement to show us that the real suffering of not understanding, the deprivation of light. It is this double gift that explains the unusual contribution he is making to our fiction'' (New York Times). Basis for the well received 1986 film directed by Fielder Cook, starring Robin Williams and Jerry Stiller.

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