Call it Sleep [Signed]. Maxwell: Critical Introduction Geismar, Meyer: A. Personal Appreciation Levin, Harold: The History of Henry Roth Ribalow, Call it Sleep.
Call it Sleep [Signed]
Call it Sleep [Signed]
Call it Sleep [Signed]
Call it Sleep [Signed]
Call it Sleep [Signed]
Call it Sleep [Signed]

Call it Sleep [Signed]

Paterson, NJ: Pageant Books, Inc., 1960. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good to Very Good + copy of the first Pageant Books edition (some toning to the edges, tiny to small rubs through to the leading board corners and some wear to the spine's black portion, eraser mark to the front free endpaper's upper right corner, small stain to the rear free endpaper's leading edge) in a Very Good or better dust jacket (slight wear and minor toning as well as an approximately one inch closed tear to the front panel near the flap fold and paralleled on the flap itself creating an incipient chip but holding, spine panel lightly sunned), INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY HENRY ROTH on the front free endpaper to Elizabeth Mann as follows: "For Elizabeth Mann // Permit my tribute // Henry Roth". Roth's writing is centered on the immigrant experience, particularly on the experience of Jewish-Americans in Depression-Era America. He also has been hailed as a chronicler of New York city life. A coming-of-age story set in the early Twentieth Century, "Call it Sleep", Roth's Debut Book, and is centered around the turbulent life of David Schearl, a young boy growing up in the Jewish immigrant slum of New York's Lower East Side. First published in 1934, the novel received mixed reviews and did not sell well. However, in the 1960s the novel was republished in paperback by Avon Books and sold over a million copies and spent and many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Critics then hailed it as a Depression-era Masterpiece and the tale, once considered a failure, was resurrected after spending about a quarter of a Century in oblivion. Pageant Books reissued the novel in hardcover, a copy of which is being presented here. Interestingly, Roth was not very pleased by his novel's new and unexpected success as it brought him unwanted attention. Roth then entered a long period of writer's block (during which period he worked as a tool and gauge maker, a woodsman, a schoolteacher, a psychiatric attendant in the state mental hospital, a waterfowl farmer, and a Latin and math tutor) and in 1979 he turned again to working on his second novel, "Mercy of a Rude Stream", a monumental epic published in four volumes: "A Star Shines over Mt. Morris Park", "A Diving Rock on the Hudson", "From Bondage", and "Requiem for Harlem", a work in four volumes which critic David Mehegan described as a "landmark of the American literary century". [For "From Bondage", Roth won the 1979 Isaac Bashevis Singer Prize in Literature. The book also was a finalist for the 1979 National Book Critics Circle's Fiction Prize.] Signed copies of "Call it Sleep" are extraordinarily uncommon. A nice copy of a highly-notable work, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY HENRY ROTH. QUITE UNCOMMON INDEED. Very good + / very good. Item #914

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