First British Edition of Saul Bellow's Second Novel; Signed by Him
Item Number: 192
London: John Lehmann, 1948.
First English edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Saul Bellow on the title page. Near fine in a near fine bright dust jacket.
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).