God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine
signedfirst editionOriginal cloth, original dust jacket
by VONNEGUT, JR., KURT
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. FIRST EDITION. Original cloth, original dust jacket. Very Good/Very Good. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY VONNEGUT on front free endpaper: "Kurt Vonnegut / Oct 3 1993 / Sagaponack NY." Vonnegut's "fifth novel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, is the story of a tenderhearted but hapless millionaire who hopes to create a better world by being intensely sympathetic to all of his fellow human beings; it was published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston in 1965… Reviewer Martin Levin, writing for the New York Times, described Mr. Rosewater as 'a book that is devoid of anything as square as a plot, its text broken up into short epiphanies, like poetic cantos, with typographical squiggles for segues'. Levin describes here the start of the style that would mark Vonnegut's work for the next several decades. Mr. Rosewater is also the novel that introduces Vonnegut's recurring character and sometime alter ego, science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. Despite his reluctance to characterize the book as a proper novel, Levin nevertheless praises Vonnegut as 'a writer with an excellent ear, a knack for arresting imagery, and a Message'" (Farrell, Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut). The book was inscribed at Sagaponack, NY, where Vonnegut lived for many years. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965. Octavo, original half-cloth and color-patterned boards, original dust jacket. Book near-fine with some wear to spine and a very minor brown spot in the extreme margin of three leaves; dust jacket near-fine with only light, general wear. An exceptionally nice copy of one of the more challenging Vonnegut first editions to find in good, collectible condition and with a particularly strong Vonnegut signature.
(Inventory #: 1800)
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