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Call It Sleep - ROTH Henry - 1935. 
1935 - ROTH, Henry. Call It Sleep. New York: Robert O. Ballou, (1935). Octavo, original light blue cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $2800.First edition, second printing issued one year after the first, of Roth's magnum opus, in scarce colorful unrestored dust jacket."One of the "greatest achievements of American writing this century" Henry Roth's magisterial novel about David Schearl, a young Jewish immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York, is also hailed as the finest Jewish-American novel of the age (Parker & Kermode, 181). Critic Robert Alter describes "Call It Sleep as "together with The Sound and the Fury". the fullest American assimilation of Joyce." It is a timeless work both poetic and profoundly honest in its shifting rhythms of Yiddish, English and Polish. "If David is a Jewish Ulysses,' writes Murray Baumgarten, "he is also a Yiddish Stephen Daedalus" (Wirth-Nesher, 77-8). On publication, Call It Sleep received high praise but was neglected for decades. In 1956, however, Alfred Kazin and Leslie Fielder both cited his novel at a symposium on unfairly ignored American writing, and by 1964 a new edition became a bestseller, praised by Irving Howe as a luminous work with "the quality of a dream and, if it describes a world of vivid fragments, it also evokes with relentless accuracy the gigantic fears, extreme attachments and dreadful misconceptions of childhood" (Parker and Kermode, 181). Second printing; second-state dust jacket with Minneapolis Star blurb. Text fresh and clean, light foxing, minor spine toning to original cloth; scarce colorful unrestored dust jacket with slight edge-wear, chipping to spine ends affecting "Call" and publisher's name. A highly desirable extremely good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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