The Outsider. Colin Wilson.
The Outsider
The Outsider
The Outsider
The Outsider

The Outsider

Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. "Wilson's invisible man, the Outsider, may be described as a blend of existentialist hero, religious man without God, and prophet or saint-in-embryo. His dilemma might be described as that of a man living under the conviction of sin who cannot accept traditional Christianity...Indeed, The Outsider is a logically untenable book unless it is read in the light of Author Wilson's conviction that modern man "needs a new religion." But granting that controversial premise, Wilson's development of the nature and problems of the Outsider is consistently fascinating...Facing death and chaos head-on, the Outsider is heaven-bent, one might say, on finding a transcending meaning and purpose for human existence." (from back flap) The first & most enduringly famous nonfictional work by Colin Wilson (1931-2013), the great British writer & thinker. First published when Wilson was only twenty-five, The Outsider "...shows a staggeringly erudite grasp of the work and lives of Bernard Shaw, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, William Blake, George Fox, H.G. Wells, Henri Barbusse, Hermann Hesse, Van Gogh, T.E. Lawrence, Nijinsky, Sartre, Camus, Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, T.E. Hulme, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Gurdjieff, and Sri Ramakrishna..." (front flap) which he amalgamated into a modern phenomenon of existential alienation & grasping for a new form of salvation. This is the first American edition, published the same year (1956) concurrently or very nearly with the first British edition, hardcover in un-remainder clipped (although slightly clipped at all corners of flaps as issued). First printing as stated on copyright page, although we have seen references to the publisher having stated that true first printings have "1956" printed on title page, which this copy does not. We have only secondhand information about this, & have never encountered a copy with the date on title page. In any case, this is a very collectible version of the first & foremost work in the Wilson canon. Book in very fine condition with only lightest wear to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine (condition of covers & spine including lettering are substantially mint, & a tiny "A" near lower right corner of otherwise blank back cover is a further first printing point); mild rubbing & occasional spotting to edges of text block; slight fading to black dye at upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only mild browning esp. at/near edges of front & rear pastedowns & endpapers; tiny bumps, faint creases at upper corners of some page leaves. Original, unrestored dust jacket in near-fine condition with mild rubbing, browning, creasing & spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some very short tears with slight loss of paper at edges & corners of same; moderate-to-significant sunning of spine (esp. title) extending slightly to covers. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #3426]

Price: $150.00

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