"SUCCESSOR, PROBABLY THE GREATEST, TO THE HAMMETT AND CHANDLER HARD-BOILED TRADITIONS": FIRST EDITION OF THE WYCHERLY WOMAN, INSCRIBED BY ROSS MACDONALD
(MILLAR, Kenneth) MACDONALD. Ross. The Wycherly Woman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Octavo, original half blue cloth, original dust jacket. $3500.
First edition of Macdonald's 9th Lew Archer novel, his first book to be nominated for Mystery Writers of America's important Edgar Allen Poe Award, inscribed on the title page by him, "To Roy W— with my regards and best wishes, Ross Macdonald," a fine copy.
"Ross Macdonald was a successor, probably the greatest, to the Hammett and Chandler hard-boiled traditions" (Husband, Sequels, 453). The Wycherly Woman is his 9th novel in his Lew Archer series—"a monumental contribution to detective literature" (Hubin, 988). The novel also stands out as his first book to be nominated for Mystery Writers of America's prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award. In its tale of splintered families and deception, "the book went further into what Macdonald felt was important moral territory" (Nolan, Ross Macdonald, 220-21). Before he died, Macdonald was given the Los Angeles Times' Robert Kirsch Award for a distinguished body of work about the West. Some critics ranked him among the best American novelists of his generation" (New York Times). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Bruccoli, Checklist, 37-38. Magill, 1135-40. Reilly, 987-89. Bruccoli & Layman, 243. Steinbrunner & Penzler, 262-63. Hubin II:I,527.
A fine inscribed copy in bright price-clipped dust jacket.