First Edition of Saul Bellow’s Second Book, The Victim; Signed by Him

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The Victim.

Item Number: 186

New York: Vanguard Press, 1947.

First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed on the title page by the author, “Saul Bellow July 20, 04 Vermont.” 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).