“Time in itself, absolutely, does not exist; it is always relative to some observer or some object": First American Edition of The Aristos; Signed by John Fowles

  • The Aristos: A Self Portrait in Ideas.

The Aristos: A Self Portrait in Ideas.


Item Number: 205

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1964.

First American edition of this collection of several hundred philosophical aphorisms. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Fowles on the title page. A review copy with slip laid in. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

Two years after "The Collector" had brought him international recognition and a year before he published "The Magus", John Fowles set out his ideas on life in "The Aristos". The chief inspiration behind them was the fifth century BC philosopher Heraclitus. In the world he saw in constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was Aristos. Fowles argued that he was trying to define an ideal of human freedom in an unfree world. He called a materialistic and over-conforming culture to reckoning with his views on a myriad of subjects - pleasure and pain, beauty and ugliness, Christianity, humanism, existentialism and socialism.

Ask a Question