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Call It Sleep
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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