First Edition of Saul Bellows Second Book, The Victim; Signed by Him
Item Number: 96322
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1947.
First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed on the title page by the author, “Saul Bellow July 20, 04 Vermont.” Near fine in a good price-clipped dust jacket with some wear and tear. A Burgess 99 title.
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).