At Play in the Fields of the Lord
NY, Random House, (1965). Matthiessen's own copy of the advance reading copy of his fourth novel. Nominated for the National Book Award and filmed nearly thirty years later, 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 fictional treatment of one of the themes that has dominated Matthiessen's writings, both fiction and nonfiction, over the last 30 years -- the impact of Europeans on the environment and the indigenous cultures living in relative harmony with it, from a perspective that combines the political, cultural and spiritual. Unmarked, but from Matthiessen's library. Foxing to endpages and page edges; spine creased, with an additional crease to the rear cover; a good copy in wrappers. [#032002] $80
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