The Man With the Golden Arm - Nelson Algren

1949 - Doubleday & Company, New York - First Edition
There’s people in hell who want ice water…’

Algren’s shockingly brilliant novel of the disinherited,
The Man With the Golden Arm tells the sordid tale of Frankie Machine, the ‘golden arm’ dealer of a back street Chicago gambling den, whose heroin addiction and failing marriage drive him to the depths of despair.

The character of Frankie Machine was memorably brought to life on the silver screen by Frank Sinatra, in Otto Preminger’s 1955 film adaptation of the novel, which co-starred Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker.
 
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The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow

1953 - The Viking Press, New York - First Edition, First Issue
‘I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that sombre city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.’

Saul Bellow’s masterful novel, tells the story of the eponymous Augie March, a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression, whose numberless occupations and diverting encounters offer startling extremes of vivid realism and bravura philosophising.

The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further.’ – Martin Amis.

Winner of the National Book Award, 1954. Named by
Time magazine as one of the best 100 novels in the English language published since 1923. 
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Nova Express - William S. Burroughs

1964 - Grove Press, New York - First Edition
‘A masterpiece of fantasy and reality, a carnival of horrors, a doomsday confrontation of man and his world.’

Burroughs’ ferociously political and prophetic novel – a parody of bureaucracy and human frailty, and the third in his linguistically ‘
cut-up’ trilogy, following The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded –fires the reader into the diabolical world of the Nova Mob, poised to wreak havoc and destruction upon the planet. Can Inspector J. Lee of the Nova Police stop them before it’s too late…? 
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The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

1993 - Farrar Straus Giroux, New York - First Edition
‘A piercing first novel . . . lyrical and portentous.’ – The New York Times

The Virgin Suicides
announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters, beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighbourhood boys, commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. 
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The Wild Palms - William Faulkner

1939 - Chatto & Windus, London - First English Edition [same year as the First American Edition]
A combination of two interwoven stories, ‘The Wild Palms’ and ‘Old Man’. Later published as ‘If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem’.

‘In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit.’ [from a later edition]
 
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Back Where I Came From - A. J. Liebling

1938 - Sheridan House, New York - First Edition, First Issue
A first edition of this classic New York literature by the legendary New Yorker and New York journalist A. J. Liebling. In the complete thus rare pictorial jacket with wraparound scene.

A large collection of Liebling’s
New Yorker columns describing the ups and downs of life in New York in the 1930s and some of the unusual people who made the city the way it was, written by one of the best-known and most widely admired journalists of his generation and times. 
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The Sand Pebbles - Richard McKenna

1963 - Victor Gollancz, London - First English Edition
Fine copy in nice bright unclipped and scarce dust jacket. The story of a US naval river boat based on the Yangtze river in 1925, the author served for ten years in the US Navy in the Far East, two of them on a Yangtze River gunboat.

The basis for the film starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna and Candice Bergen. Later republished by the U. S. Naval Institute as part of their ‘Classics of Naval Literature’ series.
 
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The Pawnbroker - Edward Lewis Wallant

1961 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A sharp copy of Edward Lewis Wallant’s hauntingly powerful novel, and his last book to be published during his lifetime. It tells the story of Sol Nazerman, a Harlem pawnshop owner, tormented by his bleak memories of Nazi concentration camps, and weary of the pitiful procession of customers who drift in and out of his store.

Wallant has been hailed as one of the great post-war, Jewish American writers, alongside Bellow, Malamud, and Roth.
 
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