First Edition of The French Lieutenant's Woman; Warmly Inscribed by John Fowles
The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Item Number: 97577
London: Jonathan Cape, 1969.
First edition of the Fowles’ third novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, pictorial endpapers Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Phil Thayer – with gratitude and every good wish for the future – John Fowles, Regis, January 21st, 1970.” With the bookplate of John Fowles to the half-title page. Near fine 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. It is universally regarded as a modern classic.