First Edition of Saul Bellow's The Dean's December; Signed by Him
The Dean’s December.
Item Number: 19006
New York: Harper & Row, 1982.
First edition of the first novel Bellow published after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Saul Bellow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his expose of city corruption. Accused of betraying his city, as well as being a racist, he journeys to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, only to find corruption rife in the Communist capital. Switching back and forth between the two cities, The Dean's December represents Bellow's "most spirited resistance to the forces of our time" (Malcolm Bradbury).