"A WRITER OF ENORMOUS WIT": SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF BERGER'S FIRST NOVEL, CRAZY IN BERLIN
BERGER, Thomas. Crazy in Berlin. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1958). Octavo, original gray-green cloth, original dust jacket. $500.
First edition of Thomas Berger's critically praised first novel, introducing the unlikely hero of his popular Reinhart novels.
Praised by Newsweek as “a writer of enormous wit and incisive wisdom,” Thomas Berger based much of his first novel, Crazy in Berlin, on his own experiences. The novel “shines with a lurid glow… macabre, sinister” in its surrealistic view of occupied Berlin following WWII, with "memorable scenes in these pulsating pages” that introduce Berger’s unlikely hero, Carl Reinhart (New York Times). Crazy in Berlin quickly established Berger as one of America’s most innovative writers. He followed with a series of Reinhart novels, and also became famous for his novel Little Big Man (1964), basis for the Oscar-nominated 1970 film starring Dustin Hoffman. First issue dust jacket without Dial Prize Winner notice. Owner inscription.
Book fine; lightest edge-wear to colorful about-fine dust jacket.