Rare Signed First Edition "A Single Man" - 1964
Extremely scarce signed First Edition/First Printing of Christopher Isherwood's favorite of all his novels, A Single Man. Near fine, in near fine dustjacket, rarely seen in this condition for a book almost 50 years old. Signed on the first free end paper without inscription.
When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life; the course of A Single Man spans twenty-four hours in an ordinary day. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.
"A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist." Anthony Burgess
"An absolutely devastating, unnerving, brilliant book." Stephen Spender
"Just as his Prater Violet is the best novel I know about the movies, Isherwood's A Single Man, published in 1964, is one of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement." Edmund White
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