The Poorhouse Fair.

First Edition of John Updike's First Novel The Poorhouse Fair; Inscribed by Him

The Poorhouse Fair.



Item Number: 12032

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958.

First edition of Updike’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To R.F. Garnett Best wishes John Updike 2/12/68.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny bit of wear to the spine crown. Jacket design by Harry Ford.

Published just four years after John Updike graduated from Harvard, The Poorhouse Fair is an allegory about charity. The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Brilliant . . . Here is the conflict of real ideas; of real personalities; here is a work of intellectual imagination and great charity. The Poorhouse Fair is a work of art."

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