Binding Hard Cover
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York Dutton 1954
Seller ID 111-5412
Very Good in a Very Good dustjacket. Black boards quarterbound in yellow cloth. The spine is stamped in gilt and black; the front panel in gilt. Octavo. 254pps. Stated First Edition, as required. There is a touch of wear to the cloth at the head of the spine and a couple of tips are gently rubbed. Otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. No previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, has a loss of much of the top 1" of the spine panel (does not affect any lettering); there is more modest rubbing wear and chipping to the extremities; the original price (3.50) is intact. A nice copy of this early Vidal title.
"Brain washing has become a recognized weapon; will soul washing come next? Will all the isms besetting humanity drive it into the arms of the new Messiah? Can television, advertising copy and high pressure publicity by exploiting man's inward religious urge lead him to anything, even death in preference to life? Can this happen here? Can it happen now? These are some of the basic elements which make 'Messiah' by Gore Vidal an absorbing, frightening and stimulating experience. This extraordinarily imaginative novel has a story of motion and action told in simple, economic words; it satirizes men and techniques, ridiculous in themselves, yet sinister in their intent and singleness of purpose; it gives a horribly real and vivid picture of a world that may come."
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