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Bloch, Robert
PSYCHO
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. First edition. Very good plus in near fine jacket. First printing of Bloch's influential thriller, a lovely copy in the iconic original jacket borrowed by Hitchcock for his film's logo. Though readers have frequently assumed that Norman Bates was modelled on the gruesome real-life activities of killer Ed Gein, arrested two years after PSYCHO's publication, Bloch in fact conceived of his killer's psychology independently, discovering (and adding details to enhance) their similarities only towards the end of his novel's composition. Through Bates' imagined motives and drives, Bloch perfected the template for one of the primal archetypes of twentieth century fiction: the serial killer helplessly driven by the return of the repressed. 7.5'' x 5''. Original quarter cream cloth with black boards. In original unclipped ($2.95) black and white dust jacket, designed by Tony Palladino. [6], 185, [1] pages. Book with faint toning to spine extremities; two spots of discoloration to front pastedown. Minor wear to jacket corners, much less than typically seen. Pages toned as expected.
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