New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, . Hardcover. 8vo. Ivory cloth with red and blue spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 435pp. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear and single archivally mended (on verso) tear. Item #49310
Tight and nice first edition of Algren's short stories and short nonfiction. The author inscribes and signs the front flyleaf in blue and green marker (one atop the other) quite large and bold: "Best wishes of / the / Season to / Phil Gerber / from / Nelson Algren / 1980," adding a sketch of his trademark back side of a seated cat in blue, green and yellow markers. Philip L. Gerber (1923-2005) was a noted English professor at the State University of New York at Brockport and author of several academic titles, including studies of Theodore Dreiser and Willa Cather in the popular "Twayne's United States Authors Series." Signed copies of this title are rarely encountered. Very scarce. BRUCCOLI A 11.1.