"The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself": First Edition of The Magus; Signed by John Fowles
Item Number: 87837
London: Jonathan Cape, 1966.
First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Fowles on the title page. Faint marks to the endpapers, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket painting by Tom Adams.
The Magus was published by in the United Kingdom in 1966 and in the United States by Little, Brown and Company the same year. An instant success, the Sunday Telegraph called it a major work of mounting tensions in which the human mind is the guinea-pig... Mr Fowles has taken a big swing at a difficult subject and his hits...are on the bull's eye'." The Magus was quickly adapted into film starring Michael Cain, a "deliciously toothsome celebration of wanton story-telling... Before one quite realises what is happenings, one finds oneself no less avid for meanings and no less starving amid a plethora of clues than is Nicholas himself" (Sunday Times). The Magus was named by Modern Library 100 Best Novels in 1999, and in 2003, the novel was listed at number 67 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.