The Pawnbroker - Edward Lewis Wallant 1961 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition First edition of Edward Lewis Wallant’s hauntingly powerful novel, in uncommonly clean and sharp dust jacket.

Wallant’s 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.
  The Pawnbroker was nominated for the National Book Award, and earned Wallant a Guggenheim Fellowship. Adapted Into a film in 1964, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Rod Steiger.

Edward Lewis Wallant (1926-1962) was born in Connecticut. He was a graduate of the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and worked as an art director for a New York advertising agency. During WWII, Wallant served as a gunner’s mate on a destroyer in the US Navy. Prior to publishing
The Pawnbroker, he had written numerous short stories for various literary magazines, and published a novella, The Human Season, in 1960. Sadly, Wallant suffered a brain aneurysm, and died, at the age of 36.

Provenance: Small booksellers label of Robin’s Bookshop, Ill. to rear pastedown.

References: American Nation Biography, web. Crowther, ‘Review: The Pawnbroker’
The New York Times 1965. Eggers, ‘An Agent for Good’ The Guardian 2004. web kirkusreviews.com.

Octavo (book size 21x14.5cm), pp. [6] 279 [3]. In publisher’s light grey cloth, spine lettered and decorated in silver, silver logo stamped to front board. Dust jacket designed by Ellen Raskin and priced ‘$4.50’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket   Ref: 106452   Price: HK$ 2,400