First Edition, In Dust Jacket
BELLOW, Saul. Victim. New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc. , [1947].
First edition. Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 205 x 140 mm). [8], [1]-294, [2, blank] pp.

Original full black cloth, blue lettering on spine. Top edge blue, fore-edge uncut. With original pictorial dust jacket. Sight foxing to endpapers and inner flaps of the dust jacket. Back panel of the dust jacket with a small closed tear. Otherwise near fine.

This author’s first two books (Dangling Man and The Victim, 1947) had a profound impact on the mid-twentieth century literary scene. “Together, they effectively introduced a new style of American fiction. The “Gentile” era of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner began, with Bellow, to give way to a new Jewish tradition and a sense of moral and social alarm. Bellow’s characters are generally anti-heroes caught up in the existential dilemma of trying to define themselves with some measure of dignity despite the constant impediments of objective and subjective circumstances.” (Benet’s The Reader’s Encyclopedia, fourth edition.) Bellow is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (for Humbolt’s Gift, 1975,) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976.

HBS # 64666 $750