A Hall of Mirrors
London, Bodley Head, (1968). The first British edition of his first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Signed by the author. A very uncommon edition, with a single printing estimated to have been 1000 copies. This edition reprints a glowing blurb by Wallace Stegner, Stone's teacher at the Stanford Writing Workshop, with a humorous misprint: instead of printing that "Stone writes like ... someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars," this edition has Stegner saying that Stone was "scraping his shoes on the stairs" -- a very different image, to be sure. Basis for a film, WUSA (the call letters of the right-wing radio station that figures prominently in the book), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. A fine copy in a slightly spine-tanned dust jacket, else fine. A very nice copy, and uncommon signed. [#914686] $750
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