New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. First edition of Updike's first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page with a transcription from Luke 23:31, which reads, "If they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when the wood is dry?" -Luke 23:31 John Updike." The verse appears on the next page of this novel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Harry Ford. "Brilliant . . . Here is the conflict of real ideas; of real personalities; here is a work of intellectual imagination and great charity. The Poorhouse Fair is a work of art" (The New York Times Book Review). (Inventory #: 7384)
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