"NO ONE… HAS EVER WRITTEN A NOVEL QUITE LIKE DONOVAN'S BRAIN (STEPHEN KING)": FIRST EDITION OF DONOVAN'S BRAIN, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY CURT SIODMAK
SIODMAK, Curt. Donovan's Brain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. Octavo, original salmon cloth, original dust jacket. $2000.
First edition of Siodmak's famous 1943 novel that "helped shape the horror and science fiction genre," inscribed by him, "For Ellen in appreciation of her valiant assistance during my hundred hour assignment. Curt Siodmak March 21/57."
Siodmak was already a well-known screenwriter and novelist when he fled Germany and the Nazis in 1937. In America he soon achieved renown for his screenplay that created the "classic monster in the 1941 movie, The Wolf Man, and helped to shape the horror and science fiction genre through his films and novels in the 1940s and 50s" (Los Angeles Times). Donovan's Brain, like The Wolf Man, tells the story of a man possessed by a deadly force, terrified of what he will do under the control of that murderous power. A canonical work of science fiction literature and his most famous novel, it has seen at least three film adaptations (1944, 1953, 1963). The novel was also the basis for a 1944 Orson Welles radio drama, and the inspiration for Steve Martin in Man with Two Brains (1983). Without Siodmak's innovative screenplays and the "brilliant horror/fantasy novel Donovan's Brain… the whole history of the movies would have been much poorer" (Guardian). To Stephen King, "the flow of [Siodmak's] speculative ideas in Donovan's Brain is as exciting to follow as the flow of ideas in a novel by Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke or… John Wynd. But none of those esteemed gentlemen has ever written a novel quite like Donovan's Brain—in fact, no one has" (Danse Macabre, 19). "First Edition" on copyright page. Serialized in Black Mask magazine (1942). Fantasy and Horror 4-138. Clute & Nicholls, 1112. Small handwritten price to corner of front cover.
Book fine; light edge-wear to colorful near-fine dust jacket.