New York: New Directions, 1945. First Edition, First Printing, First State Dust Jacket. Hardcover. Octavo, 292 pages; VG-/G; spine gray with white and black lettering; dust jacket protected with mylar covering, price uncut '$3.50'; dust jacket has chipping to head and tail of spine, wear to edges; age-toning to pages; first state dust jacket, without authors photo on rear cover; shelved case 2. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare is a memoir written by Henry Miller, first published in 1945, about his year-long road trip across the United States in 1939, following his return from nearly a decade living in Paris. The book met with a generally poor reception. Reviewing it for the New York Times, Orville Prescott deemed it "as shallow, snobbish, uninformed, pretentious and monstrously egocentric a book as ever I read in my life," concluding that Miller doesn't know enough about America to write a book about it. [wikipedia]. Dupont.
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