Death of a Hero.London: Chatto & Windus, 1929 Stock Code: 135795
NotesFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "Eunice, from Richard" to front free endpaper. The recipient was Eunice Black (later Gluckman), a young South African poet who had come to London and begun an affair with Aldington in 1933; they remained friends thereafter. Presentation copies of Aldington's most important novel are uncommon.
This work was considered by Orwell "much the best of the English war books", while Aldington himself thought of it as a "jazz novel". According to Falls, it is "one of the bitterest war novels that has been written, yet strangely enough the actual scene of war is less horrible in its pages than comfortable England in the days before. To say that Mr. Aldington's indictment is in any sense judicial would be absurd; it is far too savage for that. But its power is considerable. The war scenes are among the best of their kind".
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine in gilt, top edge dark red, bottom edge untrimmed. With the dust jacket designed by Paul Nash.
With the publisher's promotional leaflet of "Books by Wyndham Lewis" loosely inserted. Cocked, spine ends softened, small tear to spine head, light wear to extremities, a little rubbed, some foxing to edges and first and last few pages. A very good copy in the very good dust jacket, somewhat darkened, a few small creases to spine ends and along top edge, two small holes to spine.
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