First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4760
New York: Viking, 1994. First Edition. Inscribed by the author on title page to William Safire: "For Bill Safire / With very good / wish / Saul Bellow." Octavo; 327pp. Photographic dustjacket with original $23.95 price; book in gray paper-covered boards with black cloth spine and gilt lettering. Jacket nudged at head of spine and lightly worn at corners. Some light shelfwear to edges of book, but binding is sound and interior unmarked.
Includes copies of two letters from Bellow to Safire, the originals presumably now housed with Safire's papers. The first letter mentions a positive review Safire had given Bellows, but ends mentioning that "deaths used to come inter- / mittently but now / it's a drum roll that / never stops." The second letter discusses a negative review Safire had received for a novel, and Bellow mentions a Nietzsche quote to cheer Safire up. Additionally included is a portion of the envelope one of the letters was mailed in, which was taped to Safire's New York Times stationery.