"We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words": First Edition of The French Lieutenant's Woman; Signed by John Fowles

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman.


Item Number: 4231

London: Jonathan Cape, 1969.

First edition of the Fowles’ third novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by John Fowles on the title page. An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Endpaper drawing by Tom Adams.

Possibly the most beloved of Fowles's internationally bestselling works, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a feat of seductive storytelling that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel. "Filled with enchanting mysteries and magically erotic possibilities" (New York Times). It was the basis for the 1981 British romantic drama film directed by Karel Reisz, produced by Leon Clore, and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter. The music score is by Carl Davis and the cinematography by Freddie Francis. The film stars Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Other featured actors include Hilton McRae, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons, Liz Smith, Patience Collier, Richard Griffiths, David Warner, Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton, and Leo McKern.

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