“Your self…is other people, all the people you're tied to, and it's only a thread”: First Edition of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities; Inscribed by Him

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities.
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities.

The Bonfire of the Vanities.


Item Number: 79865

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987.

First edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Matt, with many thanks to the renowned Culture Vulture from Tom Wolfe November 3, 1987.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino.

The Bonfire of the Vanities is a novel, but it is based on the same sort of detailed on-scene reporting as Wolfe's great nonfiction bestsellers, The Right Stuff, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. And it is every bit as eye-opening in its achievements. It is a big, panoramic story of the metropolis-the kind of fiction strangely absent from our literature in the second half of this century-that reinforces Tom Wolfe's reputation as the foremost chronicler of the way we live in America. "A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let go" (The New York Times Book Review).

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