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Henderson the Rain King. by  Saul Bellow - Signed First Edition - 1959 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 39004)

Henderson the Rain King.

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Henderson the Rain King.

by Bellow, Saul

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New York: The Viking Press, 1959. First edition of Bellow's fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow writer Christopher Hitchens, "For Christopher with good wishes Saul Bellow." Hitchens wrote, "When I think of Bellow, I think not just of a man whose genius for the vernacular could seem to restate Athenian philosophy as if run through a Damon Runyon synthesizer, but of the author who came up with such graphic expressions for vulgarity and thuggery and stupidity--the debased currency of those too brutalized to have retained the capacity for wonder" (Christopher Hitchens). Hitchens signature on the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket painting by Bill Preston. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A remarkable association. Saul Bellow is the only author to have received three National Book Awards, for The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler’s Planet, in addition to both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize. The Sunday Times praised these achievements when it revered "Bellow’s oeuvre [as] both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary." Henderson the Rain King was named one of the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century by Modern Library.

Synopsis

Saul Bellow evokes all the rich colors and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this acclaimed comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life win him the admiration of the tribe—but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story, Henderson the Rain King is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
39004
Title
Henderson the Rain King.
Author
Bellow, Saul
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1959
Keywords
Henderson The Rain King First Edition, Henderson the Rain King Signed First Edition, Saul Bellow Autograph

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fine
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Association copy
An association copy is a copy of a book which has been signed and inscribed by the author for a personal friend,...[more]
rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
clamshell box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...[more]
title page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the...[more]
jacket
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morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
octavo
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inscribed
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First Edition
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