New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959 First edition, first printing. Publisher's rust cloth and slate blue boards, lettered in silver, orange top stain; in the original striped dust jacked designed by Harry Ford, lettered in white, photograph of Updike by Irving Fisk to the rear panel. Near fine, with a very small bump to the bottom edge of the rear board, bright and clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with 1" closed tear to the bottom edge of the front panel, minor nicks to the corners of spine, bright and unfaded spine. Overall, a very bright and attractive copy of Updike's first novel. The Poorhouse Fair centers on a New Jersey poor farm's annual fundraiser and the resulting insurrection of the farm's inmates against the institution's establishment. Although the revolt itself is somewhat uneventful, The Poorhouse Fair is, as Donald Barr lauds in his 1959 New York Times Review, "a work of intellectual imagination and great charity" because "like all good serious fiction, this novel has a true dialectic." Notably, although it is his first novel, The Poorhouse Fair was preceded by Updike's 1958 poetry collection The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures.. Illus. by Ford, Harry. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: JU021)
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