“IT WILL ENDURE… FOR MANY LITERARY GENERATIONS”: SHIP OF FOOLS, FONDLY INSCRIBED AT LENGTH BY PORTER
PORTER, Katherine Anne. Ship of Fools. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1962). Octavo, original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. $1400.
First edition, fondly inscribed by Porter on the half title: “For Chloe Parning, By Katherine Anne Porter, again with every good wish to you and your brother-may you and all yours live long in your devoted love-many happy birthdays-July 10th 1973.”
“With the publication of Ship of Fools in 1962, Porter won a large readership for the first time. A bestseller that became a major film in 1965, it tells of the ocean voyage of a group of Germans back to their homeland from Mexico in 1931, on the eve of Hitler’s ascendancy. Porter’s carefully crafted, ironic style is perfectly suited to the allegorical exploration of the collusion of good and evil that is her theme, and the penetrating psychological insight that had always marked her work is evident in the book” (Britannica).
Book fine; dust jacket quite good with minor chipping at extremities. A lovely inscribed copy.