Stated First Printing in clean unclipped original dust jacket. Very clean blue boards with lighter blue cloth spine, white lettering on spine. A little fading to extreme edges of cloth spine. No fraying. Binding is tight and square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 288 pages with notes. Clean dust jacket is not price clipped (4.00 on front inside flap), unchipped, a few very short closed edge tears. Biography and small photo of author on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Author laments the human preoccupation with "trivialities and endless pettiness" which cloud over life's real significance. "Mr. Wilson's book is a real contribution to our understanding of our deepest predicament." - Philip Toynbee. This book caused great excitement as a first book by a young writer that rattled the world with his assurance, mature ease of style, and original theme. In England, four printings were sold out within a few weeks of publication. Author at 25 years showed a staggeringly erudite grasp of the works and lives of Bernard Shaw, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, William Blake, George Fox, H. G. Wells, Hermann Hesse, Van Gogh, T. E. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot and many more.
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