"ONE OF OUR BEST WRITERS": FIRST EDITION OF CHILDREN OF LIGHT, INSCRIBED BY ROBERT STONE
STONE, Robert. Children of Light. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. Octavo, original half purple cloth, original dust jacket. $250.
First edition of Stone's “fine, complex, often funny tale" of Hollywood (New York Times), inscribed by him on the half title, "With best wishes, Robert Stone."
Robert Stone. whose Hall of Mirrors won the Faulkner Award for a first novel in 1967 and Dog Soldiers a National Book Award in 1975, has been critically compared to Conrad, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hammett and Raymond Chandler. In Children of Light, his fourth novel, Stone focuses on Hollywood in a novel rich with Shakespearean undercurrents: "a fine, complex, often funny tale, full of lights and shadows, with great dialogue and a sharp sense of character and place" (New York Times). "Stone is an amazingly deft novelist… One of our best writers" (New York Review of Books). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Published the same year as the first English edition, no priority established.
A fine copy, scarce inscribed.