Important Modern Literature from the Library of an American Filmmaker

Important Modern Literature from the Library of an American Filmmaker

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Bellow, Saul | Mr. Sammler's Planet, inscribed to Robert Penn Warren

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December 8, 05:04 PM GMT

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3,000 - 4,000 USD

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Bellow, Saul 

Mr Sammler's Planet. New York: Viking Press, 1970


8vo. Original blue boards over cloth; spine lightly spotted. Dust jacket, priced $6.95 on flap.


First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Robert Penn Warren and his wife Eleanor Clark.


"Is our species crazy?

Plenty of evidence."


Mr. Sammler's Planet presents Artur Sammler, a Holocaust survivor and academic that muses on the nature of humanity and human suffering by examining his life experiences and observations. A feeling of confounded alienation slowly turns to compassion in this powerful exploration of morality and civilization.


The inscription reads, "For Red and Eleanor | Best wishes | Saul | Dec 24, 1969." "Red" is Robert Penn Warren and Eleanor is his wife, Eleanor Clark. The gentlemen met at a party hosted by the Partisan Review in New York and later taught together at the University of Minnesota. Warren was a constant source of support, reading Bellow's novels and reviewing them. Eleonor was a fellow novelist and met Bellow in New York during the war. They remained friends up to Warren's death in 1991.


A fine copy of this Neoconservative classic.


PROVENANCE:

Robert Penn Warren and Eleanor Clark (presentation inscription) — Roger Rechler (Christie's New York, 11 October 2002, lot 24)