Henderson the Rain King

New York: Viking Press, 1959.

Price: $850.00

Hardcover. First edition, first issue. Fine in just about fine dustwrapper. A curious and possibly unique variant or anomaly, with the text block clearly bound directly to the front board, presumably no other preliminary matter was gathered with the rest of the text block, it is intriguing to conjecture whether this constitutes a state or issue point, with this seemingly representing a very early copy (a notion reinforced because the text block has the first issue topstain). Bellow's seriocomic novel of an eccentric American millionaire on a quest in Africa. A very nice copy, very scarce in this condition in what is likely a rare or unique state.

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Henderson the Rain King. Saul BELLOW.
Henderson the Rain King

Saul Bellow
birth name: Saul Bellow
born: 6/10/1915
died: 4/5/2005
nationality: USA

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American novelist whose characterizations of the modern urban dweller, disaffected by society but not destroyed in spirit, earned him the Novel Prize for Literature in 1976. Brought up in a Jewish household and fluent in Yiddish, he was representative of the Jewish-American writers whose works became central to American literature after World War II.more

Collecting tips:

Bellow's three National Book Award-winning books, Mr. Sammler's Planet (1971), Herzog (1965), and The Adventures of Augie March (1954); and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Humboldt's Gift (1976), are not difficult to find, but they do command a premium price if they are either in especially fine condition or signed (although for such a legendarily grumpy author, Bellow seems to have been generous with his signature). His first two books, Dangling Man (1944), and The Victim (1947), are usually harder to find, with Dangling Man, because of its fragile wartime construction (using cheaper paper and other materials) being the most difficult and expensive. Other early books of his that have become scarce in fine copies are his play The Last Analysis (1965), and Henderson the Rain King (1959). It seems to us that Bellow will continue to be collected for the relatively long term, and fine copies will become steadily scarcer.

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