England Made Me.New York, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1935 Stock Code: 68284
NotesFirst US edition, first printing. A major association copy, inscribed by Greene in unusually warm style on 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"; below is the signature of the recipient, the great Indian writer R. K. Narayan (19062001). Swami and Friends (1935) was Narayan's first published novel and the first part of his monumental semi-autobiographical trilogy. Narayan had speculatively sent a copy of his manuscript to an Indian friend in Oxford who showed the work to Greene. Greatly impressed, Greene used his considerable influence to find a publisher willing to take on the unknown Anglo-Indian author.
It was Greene who suggested the title change of Swami and Friends, from Narayan's original of Swami, the Tate, arguing that the title would resonate with English readers by "'having some resemblance to Kipling's Stalky & Company, to which I am comparing the book on the dust cover'. Greene arranged details of the contract and remained closely involved until the novel was published. Narayan's indebtedness to Greene is inscribed on the front endpaper of a copy of Swami and Friends Narayan presented to Greene: 'But for you, Swami should be in the bottom of Thames now'" (Piciucco, p. 7). Greene evidently inscribed this copy in a reciprocal gesture. Their friendship lasted for nearly 60 years. Literary associations of Greene's work are notably scarce.
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and wavy rules to spine gilt. With a supplied dust jacket. Housed in a custom green quarter morocco and cloth slipcase and matching chemise.
A genuinely rough copy - numerous marks to contents, hinges cracked, spine and edges of boards rubbed, light abrasions to endpapers, the jacket also in parlous state with backing inside the spine. Good at best.
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