The Room. Hubert Selby Jr.
The Room
The Room
The Room
The Room

The Room

ISBN: 0394475887
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. "In this novel, Hubert Selby (Jr.)'s first full-length work since the justly renowned Last Exit to Brooklyn, the reader will find himself once again entering that particular hell it is the author's task to investigate. While his first novel allowed itself a wider range of territory in which to discover those aspects of the lovelessness with which our society is so thickly encrusted, The Room has narrowed its focus, and intensified its vision: we are in the presence of one man's mind. The man sits in a room- a prison cell- awaiting trial for a crime only vaguely defined. In this cell, the man surrenders himself to self-pity and hatred, constructing elaborate fantasies of torture and devastation, vindication and fame- each of them set counterpoint to memories of shame, loss and humiliation." (from front flap) The second novel by Hubert Selby Jr. (1928-2004), the great American writer who is considered among the last to be included in the original Beat Generation. As Allen Ginsberg is quoted among Selby's enthusiasts on dust jacket back cover of this work, concerning his first novel (see our item No. 4453): "Last Exit to Brooklyn should explode like a rusty hellish bomb-shell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years." The same could be said of this famous follow-up, where Selby pulls no punches in his depiction of the innermost depraved depths of a human mind & soul. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page. An exemplary production of Barney Rosset's brave & path-breaking Grove Press imprint, a champion of Selby & many other brilliant & innovative now-classic authors. A profound & essential Hubert Selby Jr. collectible. Book in fine condition with very slight rubbing & some tiny spotting to blank black front, back covers & black-backgrounded gilt spine (gilt letters bright & with no loss); mild wear to edges & corners of same with slight loss of black color esp. at spine-edges & all corners; very light rubbing & sparse spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only a minute bend toward bottom of text block; otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket fine with mild rubbing, a bit of browning & some light spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; slight wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same esp. spine-edges & corners incl. miniscule tears, loss of paper; one small, closed vertical tear at lower edge of back cover near spine; moderate-medium fading to purple color of title at spine & one small spot-stain near lower edge of same. Fine / Fine. [Item #4500]

Price: $80.00