Humboldt’s Gift. By Saul Bellow. First Edition, First Printing. Viking. New York, 1975.

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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. 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. In the end, only one succeeds in his career, turning the novel into a sardonic commentary of America.

This first edition, first printing is in good condition. In the original half cloth boards, very good with only fading to back board. Text block good, only spotting to edges with block not quite squared to boards. Former owner’s signature to front endpaper. In the original dust jacket, very good with only minor spots and chipping, and one closed tear to front flap.

A first edition of Saul Bellow’s classic in good condition.

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Humboldt’s Gift. By Saul Bellow. First Edition, First Printing. Viking. New York, 1975.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in