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Berryman, John. RECOVERY. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 254 pages. Fine/Fine.

The poet's debut and only novel. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published posthumously with an Introduction, "John Berryman", by Saul Bellow. The book is one of the finest literary productions we have ever seen, with a brilliant DJ design by Janet Halverson and elegant black topstain, which matches the DJ design's predominantly black color scheme. The DJ back cover shows the author at various stages of his career, from dashing young poet to somewhat grizzled bearded survivor, prematurely and irreversibly aged. John Berryman struggled all his life with alcoholism (as did so many other great American writers) and like his peers, he transformed his ultimately futile struggle into great poetry. His novel was written around 1970, but he did not live to see it published in his lifetime (he died in 1973). Saul Bellow's lucid and sane introductory essay presents the book in its proper context and provides an evaluation of it that is favorable and admiring, in his typically graceful prose. A masterly novel. A "must-have" title for John Berryman collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0374248176. $50.00

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