[Item #6344] A Devil in Paradise. Henry Miller.
A Devil in Paradise
A Devil in Paradise

A Devil in Paradise

New York, NY: Signet, 1956. First Edition Thus. Softcover. "THE STORY OF CONRAD MORICAND: / Born, Paris, 7 or 7:15 P.M., January 17, 1887 / Died, Paris, 10:30 P.M., August 31, 1954” (from the title page) Presented here is a truly remarkable collectible, Henry Miller’s (1891-1980) A Devil In Paradise before it was later incorporated as the third part of Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch (1957) and called “Paradise Lost”. It’s really in works such as this that you see the roots of the tree that bore fruit to the minds of our beloved Beat writers, I think specifically of William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), with the way he and Miller are capable of smudging the line of fiction and fact, of creating characters that are both believable as a singular person and as a Frankenstein creation consisting of many different people they’ve passed on their adventures. In A Devil in Paradise, Miller brings Conrad Moricand to life, either as he existed or as Miller willed him to exist, it doesn’t matter. Conrad Moricand is “a real character” as the saying goes, posturing himself as a well-to-do man parading around in his suit and smoking his skinny French cigarettes, all while creating mayhem and disorder for everyone around him – and Miller is his unlucky caretaker. From one of the greatest writers that inspired the Beats, Signet’s A Devil in Paradise is beautifully preserved for any fan of Miller’s larger body of work or anyone who’s ready to delve in for a proper introduction. Softcover original: First Edition, "First Printing / July 1956" as stated on copyright page. [Shifreen & Jackson, A99(a), pg. 288]. Book is in Very Fine condition, with yellowed pages and some rubbing on front cover near the spine. Very Fine. [Item #6344]

Price: $20.00

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