England Made Me.
First US edition, first printing. A major association copy with Greene’s uncharacteristically gushing presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “In thanks for the pleasure I got from ‘Swami & Friends’ & with the very best wishes for its success from Graham Greene”; beneath is the signature of the recipient R. K. Narayan. Swami & Friends was Narayan’s first published novel and the first part of his monumental semi-autobiographical trilogy. Greene’s importance to Narayan cannot be overstated. Indeed before Greene’s intercedence Narayan had been entirely unsuccessful in his attempts to get Swami and Friends to press. Narayan had rather speculatively sent a copy of his manuscript to a contact in Oxford who had in turn showed the work to Greene who used his considerable influence to find a publisher willing to take on the unknown Anglo Indian author. That Greene should have sent this copy of his own 1935 novel as a token of regard speaks volumes. Literary associations of Greene’s work are notably scarce and the present example is one of the finest conceivable.
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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and wavy rules to spine gilt. A genuinely rough copy – numerous marks to contents, hinges cracked, spine and edges of boards rubbed, light abrasions to endpapers. Good at best.