First Edition of The Victim; Signed Twice by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Saul Bellow
Item Number: 1961
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1947.
First edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed twice by the author. Signed “good wishes Saul Bellow” on the title page and again on a notecard on the front free endpaper. Light rubbing, near fine in the original dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine.
Looking back at his first two novels later in his career, Bellow "distanced himself from them by calling Dangling Man his M.A. and The Victim his Ph.D." Like many of his works, the protagonist is a young Jewish man. In a New York heat wave he is accosted in the park by a stranger who accuses him of ruining his life. "The best novel to come out of America-or England-for a generation" (The New York Review of Books).