At Play in the Fields of the Lord
NY, Random House, (1965). His fourth novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1966 and filmed nearly thirty years later. This copy is inscribed by Matthiessen to his parents: "For Mom & Dad/ Much love/ Pete." A tale of various Americans with widely divergent aims whose actions all have unintended effects on a tribe of Stone Age Amazonian Indians. This was the first novel to incorporate one of the themes that dominated Matthiessen's writings, both fiction and nonfiction, for the next 50 years -- the environmental and cultural costs of Western colonial hegemony. Foxing to page edges and endpages, staining to boards; at best a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#031719] SOLD
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