“THE MAGIC… MUST GRIP EVERYONE WHO COMES INTO CONTACT WITH IT”: FIRST EDITION OF BROCH’S THE DEATH OF VIRGIL
BROCH, Hermann. The Death of Virgil. New York: Pantheon Books, 1945. Octavo, original half orange cloth with black label, original dust jacket. $1350.
First edition of Hermann Broch’s best-known novel, preceding publication of the German version.
Herman Broch emigrated from Austria to America in 1933 with the help of influential friends, including James Joyce. The Death of Virgil was written in the United States, and published by Pantheon in this English translation several months before the German version. “Broch… was obsessed with the problems presented by death, and by mass psychology” (Garland, 115). The Death of Virgil won Broch a Guggenheim Fellowship. Thomas Mann said of the work, “It is one of the most representative and advanced works of our time…the magic of which must grip everyone who comes into contact with it.”
Book fine. Only slight wear to extremities of near-fine dust jacket.