Sophie’s Choice.

"Let your love flow out on all living things": First Edition of Sophie's Choice; Inscribed by William Styron

Sophie’s Choice.

STYRON, William.


Item Number: 118643

New York: Random House, 1979.

First edition of Styron’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Ida Optro William Styron.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.

Sophie’s Choice is “Styron’s most impressive performance… It belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (Washington Post). Praised by Anthony Burgess as “powerfully moving” (99 Novels, 122), Styron’s sixth novel received the first American Book Award for fiction in its year of publication and was hailed in The New York Times as “a passionate, courageous book… on the most important subject in the 20th century.” It was the basis for the 1982 Alan Pakula film bearing the same name, in which Meryl Streep won an Oscar. Listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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