"Ideally, of course, a relationship is best, but then how many people are capable of deep feeling? Practically none": First Edition of The City and the Pillar; Signed by Gore Vidal

  • The City and the Pillar.

The City and the Pillar.


Item Number: 1184

New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1948.

First edition of this landmark novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Gore Vidal on the title page. Fine in a bright dust jacket with a few small chips but does not show the fading to the spine panel.

Stylistically influenced by Hemingway, this work, "is distinguished by its honesty and lack of self-pity; the central figure is unexceptional in every respect but his sexual choices" (Stringer, 690). "One of the best novels of its kind. . . . It isn't sentimental, and it is frank without trying to be sensational and shocking" (Christopher Isherwood).

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