LUCIFER WITH A BOOK John H. Burns, 1st Ed 1949, HC/DJ Controversial Gay Int RARE
"Lucifer With A Book" by John Horne Burns — First 1st American Edition, 1949 — RARE!
Publisher: Harper Brothers Publishing Co., New York 1949 (First American Edition)
RARE controversial LUCIFER WITH A BOOK by John Horne Burns, with UNCUT RARE DJ. The book boards and binding are in very good condition. Bit of bottom corner of spine has a chip. The printed pages are crisp and clean. Small corner stains to inside boards and corresponding blank page. The dust jacket is in fair condition with spots of wear. Price of $3.50 on uncut DJ. Book comes with protective mylar plastic cover. Please see pics.
"The tragically brief career of John Horne Burns was one of the most important of the post-war years. He was able to publish only three novels before his death in 1953 at the age of 36. All reveal his remarkable gifts. Maxwell Geismar noted on publication of LUCIFER WITH A BOOK: 'What is apparent...is the dominant sexuality of the novel, and a sexuality that finds expression in harsh and violent terms. There is an inverted Puritanism in Mr. Burns work, and a remarkably sophisticated sense of evil and malice.' A master novelist's lethal and brilliant novel of a school. John Horne Burns was by far the most talented, and the most attractively talented, American novelist to emerge after the war. -Brigid Brophy