"And the big voice echoed from a vast distance in the dark, "The hell with it!": First Edition of William Dale Jennings The Ronin; Inscribed by Him

  • The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth.
  • The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth.
  • The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth.

The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth.


Item Number: 76993

Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1968.

First edition of this work, which the Japan Times called, “a thunderbolt, full of lightning and excitement, one you won’t put down until its last extraordinary page.” Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Paul Schreibman Sincerely, William Dale Jennings.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Shigeo Katakura.

The violence of twelfth-century Japan explodes in this half-legendary, half-true story of a violent man who becomes a folk hero. A heartless savage, the Ronin, or "wandering samurai," slashes his way up from the gutter to wealth, honor and status. In spite of his crime sand bloodthirsty cruelty, he bears the strange mark of destiny that the wise see and respect, even as he destroys them. The tale which is told with humor and irony, ranges from the pleasantly colloquial to the brutally satiric, yet never relents in the Ronin's ruthless search for the truth. The storyteller hides nothing and speaks bluntly, yet this jewel-like tale shimmers with tantalizing riddles that will haunt the reader just as they haunted the Ronin. Sure to shock, confound and ultimately inspire readers, The Ronin is loosely based on an ancient legend told to the author by the Zen Master Nyogen Senzaki.

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