TOBIAS WOLFF’S SHUNNED FIRST NOVEL
WOLFF, Tobias. Ugly Rumours. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1975. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $1800.
First edition, one of reportedly less than 1000 copies printed.
Wolff’s first novel concerns a Special Forces lieutenant and a sergeant serving as advisors to a Vietnamese Infantry Division. Ugly Rumours was never published in the United States and Wolff has refused to list it among his “previous publications.” His 1994 memoir, In Pharoah’s Army, alludes somewhat derisively to a novel he was writing while serving in Vietnam-presumably Ugly Rumours.
Book fine in a near-fine dust jacket. A beautiful copy of a scarce title.