The Big Room
(London), Picador/Pan, (1986). The first British edition of Peellaert's portraits of entertainers and who have played "the big room" either in Vegas or metaphorically in the world at large, each accompanied by dramatic and compelling verbal portraits by Herr, author of Dispatches, widely considered one of the best books to come out of the Vietnam war. Inscribed by Herr to Robert Stone and his wife in London in 1987: "Dear Bob and Janice -- I hope you enjoy this. I persist in calling it a book. Am I Dilaudid [sic, opioid pun]? Love, Mike." Near fine in wrappers. Books signed by Herr, who was known to be reclusive, are quite uncommon, especially an association copy with a good and humorous inscription like this one. Stone, whose 1974 Vietnam-themed novel Dog Soldiers won the National Book Award, reviewed Dispatches for the Chicago Tribune when it was first published in 1977, and gave it a glowing review. [#033677] $450

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