8vo, pp. vii, , 352; publisher’s grey cloth, pale blue dust-jacket printed in blue, red and yellow to a design by Lewis and his wife; a very good copy in a very good jacket; laid in loose is a cutting of a review of the first paperback edition of Tarr (1968); the from the library of Lewis’s friend (and collaborator on several radio productions) D. G. Bridson.
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Third (second revised) edition, set up from a corrected version of the re-written text of 1928 – the details of the textual differences are outlined in ‘Tarr V’ by Bernard Lafourcade (Enemy News 15, Winter 1982). The dust-jacket features Lewis’s last drawing before his blindness (see Meyers).
Bridson’s adaptation of Tarr, produced with Lewis’s assistance, aired on 18 and 20 July 1956 and included a new scene written especially for the occasion.
Pound & Grover A2g; Morrow & Lafourcade A3f.
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