"ONE OF THE FOUR OR FIVE FUNNIEST COMIC NOVELS WRITTEN IN THIS CENTURY": FIRST EDITION OF KINGSLEY AMIS' FIRST NOVEL, LUCKY JIM
AMIS, Kingsley. Lucky Jim. London: Victor Gollancz, 1953. Octavo, original green paper boards, original dust jacket. $7200.
First edition of Amis' first and most famous novel—"brilliantly and preposterously funny" (Guardian), in original dust jacket.
Hailed as "one of the four or five funniest comic novels written in this century," Lucky Jim is Kingsley Amis' first novel, a biting satire that "brought its author fame as one of Britain's Angry Young Men." To writer Paul Fussell, Amis stood as one of his generation's finest satirists "and belonged in 'the company of Swift, Pope, Twain, Flaubert and Mencken" (New York Times). This "brilliantly and preposterously funny book" remains Amis' best known novel (Guardian). Gift inscription dated year of publication.
Book fine; mild soiling, trace of edge-wear with small bit of expert repair to verso of bright near-fine dust jacket.