"NEVER PLAY CARDS WITH A MAN CALLED DOC. NEVER EAT AT A PLACE CALLED MOM'S": FIRST EDITION OF WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, INSCRIBED BY NELSON ALGREN
ALGREN, Nelson. A Walk on the Wild Side. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, (1956). Octavo, original half yellow paper boards, original dust jacket. $1250.
First edition of Nelson Algren's "most critically acclaimed and best-known novel," boldly inscribed by him opposite the title page, "Best wishes to R— & T— R— from Nelson Algren March 27 198[?]"
"Asked to name the best American authors of his day, Ernest Hemingway is said to have replied: 'Faulkner. (Pause.) Algren.' Breaking into the fight talk that was one of their tools, Hemingway said, 'Mr. Algren can hit with both hands and move around, and he will kill you if you're not awfully careful" (New York Times). Set during the Great Depression, this is Algren's "most critically acclaimed and best-known novel… Considered by some literary scholars as the last in a line of great Chicago writers, Algren had the ability to shock his readers with what critic Herbert Mitgang described as 'hammerblows in prose.' In his works Algren depicts seedy hotels, dirty bars, and dingy police stations and jails while at the same time demonstrating a sympathy and tenderness for the pimps, whores, con men, and losers with whom he identified" (ANB). Basis for the 1962 film of the same title starring Laurence Harvey and Jane Fonda. With "First Printing, 1956" on copyright page. Bruccoli & Clark, I:4.
A splendid copy in fine condition.