The Writer and the Absolute …

London, Methuen & Co., Ltd., [1952].

8vo, pp. vi, 202; publisher’s blue cloth, red spine labels; grey dust-jacket printed in blue; a very good copy in a very good jacket, spine slightly darkened, head and tail of spine reinforced with Japanese paper; bookplate of Lewis’s friend, the BBC broadcaster D. G. Bridson, with his pencil markings in the margin.


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First edition, inscribed ‘To my dear friend Geoffrey Bridson / Wyndham Lewis / 25 June 1952’. The work was published the following day.

The Writer and the Absolute ‘contains some of Lewis’s most scintillating literary criticism. It is concerned, once again, with the writer’s place in a society which was become more or less dominated by politics’ (Bridson, The Filibuster) – freedom of expression has become circumscribed by political opinion. Sartre, Camus and Orwell are all put under the knife.

Pound & Grover A38a; Morrow & Lafourcade A37.

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