Humboldt’s Gift. By Saul Bellow. Illustrated by Barry Shapiro. Illustrated Edition, First Printing. Franklin Library. Franklin Center, 1983.

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Saul Bellow is perhaps the most awarded North American author of all time. He is the only writer to have earned three National Book Awards. He was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the same year, 1976, following the success of Humboldt’s Gift, one of his most celebrated works. But despite these accolades, Bellow was notoriously dismissive of his critical praise, saying he would accept his Pulitzer “in dignified silence.” Humboldt’s Gift hints at his cynical take on 20th century American society. The narrative follows two writers–one an optimist who sees art as the means to inspire and uplift society, the other a capitalist who creates his work for the sake of financial gain alone. In the end, only one succeeds in his career, turning the novel into a sardonic commentary of America.

This Franklin Library edition, in full green leather boards and spine, is near-fine. Gilt edges. Gilt stamping to boards and spine. Raised bands. Shapiro’s small etchings handsomely top the chapter sections. Only very minor spots to gilt edges of the text block and small spot to front board, else fine.

A near fine Franklin Library edition of Humboldt’s Gift.

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Humboldt’s Gift. By Saul Bellow. Illustrated by Barry Shapiro. Illustrated Edition, First Printing. Franklin Library. Franklin Center, 1983.

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Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in