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The Name Of Action - GREENE, Graham - 1930. 
Heinemann, London 1930 - 8vo, pp. 344. Original black boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Boards a little bowed, a little light foxing to front free endpaper, otherwise an almost near fine copy in a better than very good dustwrapper with just a little light chipping to top of spine (which is uniformly darkened), the slightest of loss to top corner of front fold, and a solitary 1cm closed tear to top edge. First edition in the first issue dustwrapper, with the price 7/6 to the spine and an advertisement for Greene's The Man Within to the rear panel. As Greene grew as a writer he became increasingly mortified by his early work. His first book, a volume of verse called Babbling April [Basil Blackwell, 1925], was published in an edition of just three hundred: Greene, tracking down and destroying as many as he could find, did everything he could to reduce this number to zero. He was also to disown two of his first three novels: Rumour At Nightfall [Heinemann, 1931], and The Name Of Action. In Ways Of Escape [Bodley Head, 1980], Greene wrote: 'Both books are of a badness beyond the power of criticism properly to evoke -- the prose flat and stilted . the characterization nonexistent.' Critics agreed, and The Name Of Action was never reprinted. All of which makes the book a great challenge to the serious Greene collector. Copies like this one -- in the correct, first issue dustwrapper, and in near fine, unrestored condition -- are exceptionally scarce.
[Bookseller: Neil Pearson Rare Books]
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