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Believe the Heart [The Lying Days]
NY, Simon and Schuster, (1953). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of her second book to be published outside of South Africa, and first novel. Published with the title The Lying Days, but here bearing the title Believe the Heart, which is crossed out on the cover, and replaced with only "A Novel." The cover also has "Gardimer" hand-corrected to "Gordimer." Gordimer had a short story with this title published in Mademoiselle magazine in October, 1953, two months after this novel was published, but we can find no other record of this book having this title: the Gordimer papers at the Lilly Library do not list it and there are no listings we could find in OCLC. Tall (7" x 12"), stringbound galleys, printed on rectos only, with a back cover of cardboard. Foxing to page edges; otherwise near fine. Gordimer received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. A rare issue of a first novel by a Nobel Prize winner. [#034618] $1,750

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