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Burgess, Anthony
THE WORM AND THE RING. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN LTD., 1961
LOT SOLD. 750 GBP
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Burgess, Anthony
THE WORM AND THE RING. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN LTD., 1961
LOT SOLD. 750 GBP
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Burgess, Anthony
THE WORM AND THE RING. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN LTD., 1961
8vo (183 x 120mm.), FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S SUPPRESSED NOVEL, original maroon cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket, ink stamp to front fixed endpaper, some minor soiling, some minor soiling to dust-jacket, minor fraying and creases to extremities of dust-jacket
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Catalogue Note

The novel was the subject of a libel case brought by Miss Gwendoline Bustin, the former secretary of Banbury Grammar School (where Burgess taught in the early fifties). As reported in The Times, on 25 October 1962, 'in the book the school secretary was portrayed in a very unflattering light and the plaintiff was naturally anxious about the adverse effect the book might have on her official position and on her standing locally'. It was agreed 'to amend all unsold copies of the book'. In reality the publishers pulped remaining stock.

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