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GREENE, Graham.
A Sense of Reality.
London: The Bodley Head, 1963. Octavo. Original dark green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the illustrated dust jacket. An excellent copy. with a closed tear to top edge of front panel, a little mild creasing at some edges, and a few trivial marks to rear panel. First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed to his friend and fellow novelist Edward Sackville-West (1901-1965), "For Eddie, with love from Graham" on the front free endpaper, his bookplate to the front pastedown, and an inscription in his hand dating and locating his receipt in his Irish home, "Cooleville 20.v.63", above Greene's inscription. Greene and Sackville-West had just missed each other at Oxford University, but both began their literary careers in the mid-20s, and later both converted to Catholicism. Greene sought and respected Sackville-West's literary opinion: he notes in Ways of Escape that when in doubt about The End of the Affair (1951) he had "sent the typescript to my friend Edward Sackville-West and asked his advice. Should I put the book in a drawer and forget it? He answered me frankly that he didn't care for the novel but nonetheless I should publish - we ought to have the vitality of the Victorians who never hesitated to publish the bad as well as the good. So publish I did." Miller A44. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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