“HE WAS CRYING FOR ALL HIS DEAD NOW”: FIRST EDITION OF THE PAWNBROKER
WALLANT, Edward Lewis. The Pawnbroker. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, (1961). Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $550.
First edition of Wallant’s powerful novel about a Jewish pawnbroker and his memories of the Holocaust.
Edward Wallant has been described as “one of the most important figures among postwar Jewish writers in the United States” (DLB). On publication critics praised Wallant for a creating a novel “reminiscent of Dostoevski” (New York Times). “There can be no gainsaying the power of this remorselessly honest book… The portraits are triumphs of the imagination” (Saturday Review). Wallant’s novel became the basis for director Sidney Lumet’s award-winning 1965 film starring Rod Steiger. “First Edition” stated on copyright page.
A fine copy.