“THERE’S NOT ANOTHER BOOK QUITE LIKE IT”: THE QUIET AMERICAN
GREENE, Graham. The Quiet American. London: William Heinemann, (1955). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $850.
First edition of Greene’s controversial and “tart study of an American Government do-gooder in Saigon,” in scarce original dust jacket. A fine copy.
"I think a writer ought to be a bit of grit in the state machine," Graham Greene once said. In this "tart study of an American Government do-gooder in Saigon during the anti-French uprisings of the mid-1950s" (New York Times), Greene's critically praised novel proves "urgent, mournful and unsparing… there's not another book quite like it" (Salon). Adapted to the screen in 1958, and again in 2002 with Michael Caine. The very scarce Book Society wraparound band, typically not present though found on some copies—and not called for by Miller—is not present. Miller 35a.
A fine copy.