Definition: Williwaw - a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes
Item Number: 1181
New York: Dutton, 1946.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by the author on the half title page. Very good plus in a very good dust jacket.
Williwaw was Gore Vidal's first publication, and it earned him the reputation as "the best all-around American man of letters since Edmund Wilson"(Newsweek). The military novel marked the beginning of his writing career, aged twenty-one, and is based upon his Alaskan Harbor Detachment duty. Williwaw is a quasi-autobiographical novel, and its value comprises not merely Vidal's excellent writing but the insight it offers into the author's experiences.