New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine stamped in mint and white, top edge stained black, sage endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is." Stated first edition of major American writer, critic, and thinker Susan Sontag's first book, signed by her on the front free endpaper. Presented as a memoir, the experimental novel follows the latter-day Candide Hippolyte as he attempts to distinguish his violently imaginative dream-life from reality through his entries. More than a true novel, Sontag's debut is rather a meditation on what a novel has the potential to be, as well as a harbinger of the existential questions and intellectual reckonings that would define her nonfiction oeuvre. Dust jacket designed by Janet Halverson. Light rubbing to spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #2072