New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. First Edition. Warmly INSCRIBED by Gaddis in 1984 to Harper's Magazine and Saturday Review literary critic John Aldridge: "To John Aldridge / with great thanks and serious regard / William Gaddis / Ann Arbor / 1984."
Though later considered one of the most important literary works of the twentieth century, Gaddis' debut novel "The Recognitions" was effectively lambasted upon publication. Only a few critics, including Aldridge and a young David Burnett, gave good notices. Aldridge's review was eventually published in his collection of essays, "In Search of Heresy" (McGraw-Hill, 1956). Gaddis took little notice of the lack of public interest in his first novel, and started work on his second, "JR," not published until 20 years later, again reviewed by Aldridge, and ultimately winning the National Book Award.
Beginning in 1976 and throughout the 1980s, Gaddis and Aldridge maintained contact, and became friends. A superb association between one of the most important literary figures of the second half of the twentieth century and one of the first major critics to champion his work.
About Near Fine in a like dust jacket. Small tear at the top right corner of both the book and the jacket, else lightly worn.